Chicago health professionals examine reform

March 19, 2010 2:27:40 PM PDT
While national lawmakers worked on health care reform in Washington Friday, an organization in favor of the reforms held a town hall meeting in Chicago.The Healthcare Consortium of Illinois outlined some of what residents might expect if a health care reform bill passes into law.

Chicago's health commissioner pointed out proposed reforms could affect Chicago differently than other communities, especially in terms of emergency room care.

"Most of the trauma in the United States is car accidents and falls. In our community here, we see more penetrating trauma like gunshot wounds and stabbings. These things are extremely expensive, and the reason why our trauma centers close is, when you have people showing up who do not have insurance, you cannot afford that service," said Dr. Terry Mason, commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Public Health.