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Monday, 27 October, 2008 11:25 PM

Aetna CEO Addresses the Detroit Economic Club on U.S. Health Reform

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Aetna CEO Ron Williams speaks at the Detroit Economic Club on October 21, 2008.

by Garrett Godwin
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DETROIT -- As Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Ron Williams has been described by colleagues and co-workers as someone who is passionate about health care reform, which was the vital topic for Tuesday's Detroit Economic Club (DEC) meeting, and it didn't come at a better time for him due to the pivotal presidential election between Obama and McCain. Like the former that he met, Williams is a catalyst for change, as he believes that to be part of the solution in the health care community.

The approach to health care, he said, is to treat it as a non-partisan issue, for there is no silver bullet as well as right and wrong answers; the best solutions comes through spectrums of all sides. "We all want access the very best health care", Williams added, "but we also want much more transparency and much more informative decisions. [We] must have reform to balance people who need health care."

What would the health care system look like?

R.W. - "Seamless: anyone could have access to it. Barriers must broken down between nurses, doctors, and staff. One of the most important concern of financial insecurity for families is the cost. We have a moral and social responsibility, and we must work together."

Williams also bring his steps in addressing the system that includes improving health care quality in value -- studying and figuring out what is appropriate health care; equalizing tax treatment so people can afford and have their own health care, and revolutionizing the outdated system through technology, in which Williams is confess as a techno geek.

"When I spend time with the CEOs of major corporations", he continued, "the biggest complaint I hear from them is technology has radically transformed their businesses, and they do not understand why the health care sector does not make use of health information technology to radically improve productivity and improve the quality of care."

Access, quality costs, and affordability -- innovation in the health care system is a possibility, but according to Williams, collaboration is also important because it represents different perspectives. Still, Williams stated "most physicians practice in small offices, and until we reach the small offices, we really will not be able to really, fully integrate the system."


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From left to right: Ron Williams, Moderator Nancy Schlichting and DEC President & CEO Beth Chappell.

 

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Nancy Schlichting is the President & CEO of the Henry Ford Health System.

 

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Ron Williams said he likes some parts of the health care plans offered by John McCain and Barack Obama.

 

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Williams said he supports a health care system that is available to everyone.

 

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Williams said cost is the biggest burden of health care in the U.S.

 

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