The Ohio State Medical Association on Thursday released a proposal that would require all state residents to purchase health insurance, either with individual funds or government subsidies, the Dayton Daily News reports.
The proposal also calls for the state to focus on wellness and prevention, rather than treating illnesses, and to improve the quality and transparency of care so that patients can have access to reliable quality and cost information. In addition, the proposal calls for the state to create a self-sustaining health care financing system with a dedicated source of funding, so that health care would not compete with other state programs.
The goal of the proposal is to improve the state's health care system. Association President Craig Anderson said,"I think we're at a critical point at the state and national level,"adding, "We think it's time to take action" (Hershey, Dayton Daily News, 9/21).