LIMBA Chairman Ernie Fazio Invites Joe Campolo to Interview Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling on the State of Healthcare
Michael Dowling (center), President/Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health, took part in an interview with Joe Campolo (third from right), Managing Partner, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, during the Long Island Metro Business Action (LIMBA) meeting on May 12 at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. Also pictured (l-r): George Likourezos, Partner, Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP, the event’s sponsor; Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; Janine Logan, Senior Director, Community and Population Health, Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council; Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA; and Bill Miller, Treasurer, LIMBA.
On May 12, Long Island Metro Business Action (LIMBA) hosted a special meeting at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma in which Joe Campolo, Managing Partner, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, interviewed Michael Dowling, President/Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health, about where the healthcare industry is heading. Some of the questions asked by Mr. Campolo involved the quality of healthcare patients are receiving today, Congress’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the role that insurance and pharmaceutical companies play in the healthcare system.
Mr. Dowling explained that, in the 1990s, when Northwell Health was known as the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, he saw that independent hospitals and medical practices could not keep up with the latest changes in healthcare, so he came up with an idea to bring together local hospitals so they can share their expertise and best practices for best outcomes.
When asked what goes into maintaining a patient’s health, Mr. Dowling said that only 20% is affected by clinical care, while 80% is determined by the person’s lifestyle choices, genetics and socioeconomic background, meaning patients’ health status is largely dictated by their personal behaviors. Thanks to new technology and advancements in medical care, he added, there have been significant increases in life expectancy and dramatic improvements in the quality of people’s lives, but, as a result, there has been a corresponding jump in the cost of healthcare.
On the topic of insurance companies, Mr. Dowling noted that many insurance companies are looking to become medical providers and vice versa. Although Northwell Health offers its own health insurance, CareConnect, he said the health system works closely with all insurance companies it contracts with to contain costs and improve the quality of care. Asked about the opioid abuse crisis on Long Island and nationwide, Mr. Dowling said Northwell is working with its physicians to reduce patients’ overreliance on addictive pain drugs.
The last topic of the day was Congress’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” Mr. Dowling said healthcare is so complicated that members of the House voted on the repeal without a true understanding of the bill. He said the only difference is that Obamacare gave power over healthcare to the federal government while the House bill would shift that power to the states. Although the U.S. has the most complex healthcare system, Mr. Dowling said it is better than other countries such as Canada, England and Ireland which have a single-payer system. He said the single-payer system is too expensive, has too much red tape, prevents physicians from looking for creative ways to improve patients’ well-being and needlessly extends delays in receiving care.
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