Local issue – with implications for all

Here in Roanoke – we have an interesting local issue regarding Health Care. The largest local hospital has announced a long range plan to associate most local doctors – what this means is the doctors will become employees of the hospital (or a subsidiary corporation) and they will no longer practice with or for their own independent professional corporations.

I have heard the force behind the change would be to create a facility focused on education and research. Well, that’s a nice thought – but without a state of the art medical school (see Duke / UVA), is that possible in Roanoke?

My other concern – how will the affect the price of Health Care in our community? As it is right now there is no regulation of costs – and it is merely the free market system that keeps costs where they are. If all the doctors charge the same corporate rates – won’t costs go up?

Also – what will this do for our uninsured brothers and sisters? Heaven forbid the corporation experience bad corporate management and have to close its doors. Well – all of our local doctors would essentially be unemployed – and would either have to move or quickly start their own practices.

I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I remain concerned and love would for someone to provide insight. Check out our local paper and today’s discussion: ://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/87450

Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.