House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and presidential adviser George Steph-anopoulos last week appealed to investor-owned hospital executives to help them expand and improve the nation's healthcare system.The two, both influential on healthcare policy, addressed a standing-room-only audience of some 2,100 executives attending the annual convention of the Federation of American Health Systems in Washington. The federation represents 1,700 investor-owned and managed hospitals.Gingrich commended executives of investor-owned hospitals for working with him on Medicare reform while deriding the Clinton administration for what he said was an attempt at terrifying the elderly about the impact of such reform."We need some honesty in this campaign this year," he said.However, both men acknowledged the difficulties in passing substantive changes in the healthcare system.Stephanopoulos, Clinton's adviser, advocated incremental reform, saying that reform measures that are too broad and too quick prompt a revolt among providers and consumers."The question is what can be done in the wake of our experience of 1993 and 1994 and their (Republicans') experience in 1995," he noted.Gingrich also called on federation officials to put together a task force on 21st-century medicine to ensure the nation's international reputation in medical services. He said the task force should focus on technological advances in telemedicine, expert systems and molecular medicine.-
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