Thursday, June 28, 2012
"One critical tenet of UNC Health Care’s mission is ensuring that patients have access to excellent and affordable care. The Supreme Court’s action today will continue to help make that possible, as the almost one in five North Carolinians who do not have health care insurance will now have coverage.
Evidence clearly shows that those who do not have insurance are less healthy than those who do. I am hopeful this decision will lead to a healthier and more productive North Carolina.
Health care providers across the nation, including UNC Health Care, have been reacting to the realities in health care through industry consolidation, partnerships among hospitals, physicians and other health professionals and an increased emphasis on shared responsibility for improving health outcomes and reducing costs.”
-William L. Roper, MD, MPH
CEO, UNC Health Care System
Dean, UNC School of Medicine
Note: In addition to Dr. Roper's statement above, please view a transcript from an online chat held Friday, June 29, with Dr. Jonathan Oberlander about the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, is one of the nation's leading experts on health care politics and policy.