Title

The Commission to Study Maine Hospitals, headed by Bill Haggett, the former CEO

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

12-1-2004

Pages

64-67, 84

Abstract

The Commission to Study Maine Hospitals, headed by Bill Haggett, the former CEO of Bath Iron Works, sparked criticism with its suggestions that hospitals cut 3,500 to 5,000 jobs, close some of Maine's 39 hospitals, and force the remaining facilities into regional networks dominated by one of three major medical centers. The draft report highlights the growing sense of antagonism toward Maine's community hospitals from officials in the governor's office, as state officials work to cut costs and support the new Dirigo Health Plan. Maine presently ranks third in the nation for patient care, though its costs are also high. Haggett's report does not address the role of malpractice costs and the demographic time bomb of Maine's aging population. Nor does he address the lack of competition in Maine's health insurance market.

Subjects

Hospitals, Medical care, Cost of, Maine Commission to Study Maine Hospitals, Haggett, William E

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