New England News
6:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Hospital Chief Says Supreme Court Ruling Makes Future Clearer

The head of the biggest hospital group in western Massachusetts says the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health-care reform law removes uncertainty.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Over the long run, the healthcare system in the United States will be dramatically restructured, says Mark Tolosky, President CEO of Springfield based Baystate Health. But he’s worried  in the short term because half the estimated $1 trillion to pay for the health-care law is to come from reduced payments to doctors and hospitals.

            Tolosky said  the current rate of  rising health  care costs is not sustainable.  Massachusetts is moving to impose  cost controls as the state’s next step in healthcare reform.