Touting last year's passage of the $400 billion Medicare reform measure, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said lawmakers have begun to address the nation's healthcare problems but now must take on the uninsured, medical liability reform and the industry's lackluster use of information technology. The 108th Congress is committed to a "consistent, determined and long-term attack on the healthcare problems of our time," Frist told attendees of the World Health Care Congress meeting in Washington. Modern Healthcare is among the sponsors of the meeting. Repeating some of the themes President Bush raised in his State of the Union address last week, Frist called on lawmakers to pass association health plans and take other actions consistent with "a path that respects the market and respects competition." Frist also said he would introduce a bill next month aimed at closing racial disparities in healthcare. -- by Jeff Tieman
Frist outlines healthcare agenda for 2004
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