Gov. Brian Kemp Talks Affordable Healthcare

Gov. Brian Kemp Talks Affordable Healthcare


BRAD: COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON BEGINS WITH A DAYLONG VISIT FROM GEORGIA’S GOVERNOR. BRIAN KEMP WAS HERE TODAY, WITH A BIG FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE. HERE’S NEWSCHANNEL 6’S DEVIN JOHNSON. DEVIN INTRO: GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP MADE SEVERAL STOPS IN THE RIVER REGION ON MONDAY. MANY ISSUES THAT GEORGIA FACES WERE ON THE GOVERNOR’S AGENDA, INCLUDING– SEX TRAFFICKING, LABOR LOSS, AND AFFORDABLE MEDICAL CARE. BRIAN KEMP / GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA: “WE GOT THE PATIENTS FIRST ACT DONE DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION. IT GIVES US THE STABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH MEDICAID WAIVERS AND WAIVERS TO OBAMA-CARE.” DEVIN: MEDICAL ORGANZITONS WERE UP CLOSE TO GOVERNOR KEMP WITH EXAMPLES THEY SEE THEIR PATIENTS STRUGGLE WITH.WHILE THAT IS THE TOP PRIORITY, MANY SAY THERE IS ANOTHER ISSUE LOOMING IN GEORGIA. DR. DAVID HESS / DEAN, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA: “WE HAVE A MALDISTRIBUTION OF PROVIDERS. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF PROVIDERS THAT WANT TO DO PRIMARY AND THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE BEHIND IN. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS BEHIND IN, IT’S JUST NOT A GEORGIA PROBLEM.” DEVIN: THE CO-FOUNDER OF CHRIST COMMUNITY HEALTH TELLS ME WE HAVE TO EXPAND THE PRIMARY CARE WORKFORCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. DR. ROBERT CAMPBELL / MEDICAL DIRECTOR,CHRI ST COMMUNITY HEALTH: “JUST EXPANDING INSURANCE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA IS NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO INCREASE AVAILABILITY FOR PRIMARY CARE, OR ACCESSIBILITY FOR PRIMARY CARE FOR SOME INDIVIDUALS.” DEVIN: AS WELL AS EXPANDING HEALTH CARE TO RURAL GEORGIA. 64 OUT 159 COUNTIES HAVE NO PEDIATRICIAN; 79 COUNTIES HAVE NO OB/GYN. GOVERNOR KEMP SAYS HE IS LOOKING AT OTHER STATE’S HEALTH POLICY, BUT HE SAYS THE FOCUS REMAINS WHAT WORKS FOR GEORGIA. BRIAN KEMP / GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA: “WE MAY LOOK AT PARTS OF THAT. WHAT DEBILITY WE HAVE HERE IS TO COME UP WITH A GEORGIA BASE SOLUTION.” DEVIN: SO WHAT IS THE SOLUTION? DR. DAVID HESS / DEAN, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA: “WE HAVE TO CREATE MORE MEDICAL SCHOOL SLOTS AND MORE RESIDENCY SLOTS. THEN WE GOT TO KEEP PEOPLE IN GEORGIA.” DEVIN TAG: IN AUGUSTA, DEVIN JOHNSON — WJBF NEWSCHANNEL 6. BRAD: DR. HESS SAYS THE 3+3+6 INTIAITVE— MCG’S PLAN TO PUT MORE DOCTORS IN RURAL PARTS OF THE STATE, COULD BE IN EFFECTNEXT YEAR. RURAL PARTS OF THE STATE, COULD BE IN EFFECTNEXT YEAR. BRAD: GOVERNOR KEMP ALSO TOOK TIME TO TALK TO ME ON

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