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City Club Missoula - Missoula hospital execs say city's health care industry remains strong

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September 12, 2017View for printing

"There's more and more ownership being placed to everyone," said Khodor. "Us as patients, we have accountability too, to do the things we need to do. There's patients I had that just wanted to take a pill. It was easier to take a couple three blood pressure pills than actually get 20 minutes of exercise three days a week. We need to modify that so we're all accountable."

Dr. Dean French, CEO of Community Medical Center joined Dr. Samer Khodor, the physician executive of ambulatory care at Providence St. Patrick Hospital, in discussing the state of health care in western Montana during City Club Missoula's monthly gathering.

Both physicians acknowledged the state's medical shortcomings, including a lack of specialists, personal behaviors regarding health, and a general misconception among state lawmakers over health care costs and how personal expenses are tied to the insurance industry.

But Missoula's medical care remains strong, trending ahead of other regions of the country. The number of practicing surgeons is 15 percent greater than in most other places, and end-of-life care costs significantly less.

By Martin Kidston ... ealth-care/


State lawmakers discuss future of Medicaid expansion

With Montana's Medicaid expansion due to sunset in 2019, lawmakers met here Monday to start reviewing the program that connects nearly 81,000 Montanans to health coverage.

The Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee met to talk about how the Medicaid expansion stands today and what funding changes could come down the road.

By Katheryn Houghton Chronicle Staff Writer ... 2d98b6.html


Upcoming City Club Events:

Monday Oct. 16 (third monday due to Columbus day on the 9th) - Missoula's Mayorial Candidates - John Engen and Lisa Triepke

November 13 - UM President Sheila Stearns


More than 100 tell lawmakers to halt Medicaid rate cuts would cause death, suffering

HOLLY K. MICHELS ... 87ba91.html


This is the future of personal healthcare - proactive instead of reactive

Video of Previous Presentation at the University of Montana- Missoula native Dr. Leroy Hood's "Determined Optimism" and P4 Medicine is going to revolutionize healthcare beyond your wildest imagination -

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