Presidential Candidate On Healthcare in Rural Areas

Presidential Candidate On Healthcare in Rural Areas

July 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) - 2016 Presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal has an extensive public service record dedicated to healthcare issues. During RFD-TV's RURAL TOWN HALL, healthcare was top of mind for some constituents in the room. 

Samra Uzonovic, of the Iowa Rural Health Association, is concerned about hospital closures that threaten healthcare access for rural Americans. Uzonovic asked the Governor if he planned new healthcare models to insure continued access for rural America.

"Congress created a state model called The Critical Access program," said Gov. Jindal. "In Louisiana, we have the Rural Hospital Preservation act, which allows the state to maximize payment to rural hospitals. I think going forward we’ve got to do more. Medical experts will tell you if you have a trauma case, the first that golden hour of survival is so important to get a patient stabilized. Some patients want to get healthcare in their communities … they don’t wanna travel great distances and recovery and follow up care is much better if they can do it locally. So how do you adapt a model where you may have hospitals with a lot of emergency room demands, but maybe not as many in patient demands? That is the model that The Critical Access program was designed for. The key questions are how do to address the rural health professional issues and attract more professionals to locate and practice in those rural area. I’m definitely an opponent of Obamacare. Obamacare didn’t create the problem, but it definitely exacerbated the problem. For example, the American Hospital Association said their nurses must spend an hour filling out paperwork for every one hour they provide healthcare, and that’s just very burdensome for a small provider. Consolidation in the healthcare industry is a result of Obamacare so I think a worsening trend. We need to be open to look into how we preserve and provide access to rural America.”

For more on RFD-TV's RURAL TOWN HALL, click here and watch more clips from Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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