City Council member Jack Christie and the Greater Houston Partnership are sponsors of a conference at Rice University this afternoon. Up to 450 people are expected to attend the gathering focused on health care cost containment and illness prevention.
“Every corporation in American needs these answers,” Christie says, “because medical care costs are hurting their bottom lines tremendously.”
Christie says health costs for the city of Houston are increasing by at least 10 percent every year. He says the group of experts will try to identify four or five of the most costly diseases, then work on prevention approaches.
“We’re going to lay out the problem,” he says, “and then tackle each disease.”
He says Medicare is going to bankrupt the federal government and Medicaid will bankrupt the state of Texas, adding, “The city of Houston can’t seem to control its medical costs.”