Cleveland Clinic CEO: I Don't See Obamacare Going Away
July 21, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been outspoken about his plan to repel Obamacare as soon as he takes office, which is something Cleveland Clinic's CEO and President Toby Cosgrove, says is unlikely.
"I don't think that is going to happen. It's been around for six years. There are enormous changes that are going on and 50% of the people in the United States now approve it," Cosgrove tells FOXBusiness.com.
Cosgrove has been at the helm of what some consider one of the most successful hospitals in the world for more than 12 years, making it one of the most technologically advanced medical facilities in the country.
"Appendectomies, for example, is 24 hours in the hospital. Hip replacements are done the same day as well as knee replacements. So the technology has really helped us enormously and continues too," he added.
Cleveland Clinic is now allowing all of their patients to have full access to their medical records.
"In fact, we encourage them. It helps them understand better what their problems are and we get better results from that because of it."
Cosgrove says the real question is whether over time the Affordable Care Act will achieve everything it has set out to do.
"You're going to see continued improvements over time with it. One of them, I would like to see is more emphasis on staying well by decreasing smoking and decreasing the rising rate of obesity," he said. "We don't hire smokers and the reason we do that is because we think we have to model what good health-care practices should be."
Cosgrove said the key to good health care is simple.
"Americans need to start taking better care of themselves with their diet, exercise, and stop smoking."