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Restoring the Physician/Patient Relationship: An Interview with Jackson Healthcare's CEO
Date:10/14/2009

In October 2008, Rick Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare, proposed a radical plan to revamp the healthcare system. Since then, healthcare has taken center stage as the current administration spearheads an aggressive reform of the current U.S. healthcare system. Despite the diatribes, political rhetoric and propaganda that have saturated the news, Jackson’s core argument remains as relevant as ever: the relationship between physicians and their patients has been severed. Jackson believes this relationship is the foundation for a healthcare system that is affordable, accessible, efficient, safe and continually improving. The following is an update on Jackson’s beliefs regarding the current reform efforts.

Alpharetta, GA (Vocus) October 14, 2009 -- In October 2008, Rick Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare, proposed a radical plan to revamp the healthcare system. Since then, healthcare has taken center stage as the current administration spearheads an aggressive reform of the current U.S. healthcare system.

Despite the diatribes, political rhetoric and propaganda that have saturated the news, Jackson's core argument remains as relevant as ever: the relationship between physicians and their patients has been severed. Jackson believes this relationship is the foundation for a healthcare system that is affordable, accessible, efficient, safe and continually improving.

The following is an update on Jackson's beliefs regarding the current reform efforts.

Has the current debate on healthcare reform changed any part of your original proposal?

It has reinforced my belief that a wedge has been driven between physicians and their patients. This wedge, consisting of those entities which control the transactions between patients and physicians, is the root cause of our current inefficiencies and cost inflation
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