Advocacy group Physician Hospitals of America, Washington, is promoting the idea that repealing a section of last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that limits physician ownership of hospitals would help create jobs.
Docs group: Nix hospital-ownership limits to create jobs
The association estimated that 7,000 high-skilled healthcare jobs would be created if physician-owned hospital projects that were halted by the law were allowed to be restarted. "They want shovel-ready jobs? We have shovel-ready jobs," said Dr. Michael Russell, president of the association, which is convening for its 11th Annual Conference & Exhibits in Keystone, Colo., Sept. 21-23.
Not all of the halted construction projects—building 30 new hospitals and expanding 47 existing hospitals—would resume if that portion of the law, Section 6001, were repealed, but some would likely restart, according to the PHA. The association also noted that construction jobs would be created.
Two bills currently in the House would repeal Section 6001, and the association is working to garner support in Congress for the idea, Russell said. "In this economy and this world right now to be keeping competition down and halting expansion makes no sense," he said. "We need the jobs."
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