BEATRICE – The Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska-Omaha was paying a visit to Beatrice Wednesday. Dr. Jeffrey Gold, in an interview with KWBE, says such visits help determine how the university system can best assist Nebraskans.
:41 “be helpful”
In medicine, Gold says workforce shortages remain a concern.
:21 “next year”
Dr. Gold says about 85% of UNMC’s enrollment is made up of students from Nebraska, and it’s important to encourage them to go back and serve their home communities. One such program aimed at that goal is the Rural Health Opportunities Program.
:24 “those communities”
Currently being constructed is the Davis Global Center, and UNMC is focusing on a program called iEXCEL, that uses advanced technology to reach out to Nebraska communities and reshape how health care education is delivered.
:34 “hospital systems”
UNMC’s use of Telehealth is also linking the medical center to communities across the state, in more than 25 fields of healthcare.
Gold said the outreach is being done at a time the university and medical school are having to significantly cut their budgets. Gold said it’s impossible to take a large amount of funding support out of the system, without feeling the pain.
:46 “future workforce”
Gold was asked about the health care system in the United States, and the debate over how to reform it to ensure that health care is accessible and affordable for everyone. He points out that the Affordable Care Act was never fully implemented, and there were both good and bad parts of that system.
Gold said there is a need to first stabilize the health care, then enact reforms for the long-term…addressing issues such as uncompensated medical care.
:28 “medical problem”
Gold has spent a lot of time in Washington D.C., meeting with elected officials on the topic of health care. While Medicaid expansion often draws the most political attention, Gold said part of the answer may lie in expanded Medicare eligibility, using a federal system already in place to help ensure health care coverage for more people.