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WHA's Brenton: Government Health Care Needs to Pay `Fair Share'

Steve Brenton says government must pay its ``fair share'' for Medicaid and other programs to help stem ``cost-shifting'' to the private sector. The Wisconsin Hospital Association president promises to focus on that issue in the next state budget battle in early 2007.
He also says employees must start thinking of health-care as a ``purchasing decision'' -- not something they get for free. And he touts business-based wellness programs promoting individual health.
Brenton says Wisconsin's health-care economy is ``booming'' and producing good jobs, but he says there's ``no question'' negative consequences can result. Ultimately, it's a federal issue, he says.
This webcast interview is part of a series on the transitioning Wisconsin economy. The series is sponsored by the Wisconsin REALTORS Association.

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