Wilmington physicians discuss health care reform

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington physicians and residents gathered Thursday evening to discuss how the proposed health care bill will affect them.

"We see town hall meetings going on throughout the whole United States and I think the town hall meetings are really making the politicians think about what they're doing with healthcare and the future of health care," said Dr. Jonathan Crane, who hosted the forum.

Area politicians gave their opinions on the reform and encouraged people to educate themselves on the issues.

"I think everybody needs to get involved in the system," said NHC Representative Danny McCommas.  "Everybody needs to learn as to what is involved in this healthcare reform and the devil is in the details and we have to know exactly what's going to happen--what's being planned."

Dr. Crane said he and other health care professionals will be impacted by the reform, but he said he's more concerned about his patients and their right to choose their care.

He thinks it's important that everyone learns about the impact the proposed health care plans will have on their lives.

"The more people that read about what's going on, put pressure on their representatives to read it and then analyze it and rethink it - a lot better solutions are going to come out of the process," said Dr. Crane.

Dr. Crane agrees the health care system needs an overhaul and thinks Town Hall meetings are a good way to get community input on what should change.

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