Williams’ interview with Kayyem, which is the last in a series that has featured all nine of Massachusetts’
On price disparities among hospitals:
-- “There’s more that the state can do. But we need to realize that it’s a competitive field and that there are going to be limitations to what the market can correct. Transparency is good, and litigating or having causes of action against abuses is good. Then let the market begin to drive some better behavior, which I do believe it will.”
On electronic medical records:
-- “Medical data is the most private and therefore must be the most secure. It’s understandable that medical records have taken some time to catch up. The state can do a lot to encourage hospitals to adopt and invent new storage protocols and transfer protocols while protecting privacy.”
On Hepatitis C:
-- “We can make things, we can buy them in bulk, we can get them down to the right hospitals or community health centers, but can we actually get them to individuals?
-- “Most importantly, we need to look at prevention of Hepatitis C. That’s only going to occur with strong public health education programs, and strong commitment to community health centers and other public education providers that are out in communities helping people live healthier lives.”
On healthcare-related ballot initiatives:
-- “I prefer ballot initiatives going through the legislature. Ballot initiatives don’t allow for the kind of negotiations that are often required for proper implementation.”
-- "If the citizens of the state pass them, I’m not going to oppose them. On the other hand, I would also like to work with the nurses’ union, with hospitals and others to get the legislation that is necessary to ensure that nurses have adequate staffing levels, and whatever other legislation might be appropriate for this space.”
On children's health:
-- “It’s about public education. People have to understand that the health and livelihood of our children is dependent on responsible behavior of other parents about their children.”
-- "I am into risk reduction. That is what Homeland Security is about. One of the risks that I see coming down our way is the challenge of climate change and how that’s going to impact our children’s health.”
Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Ms. Kayyem and the other candidates provide detailed views on healthcare issues, which are so central to this state.”
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A transcript is also available.
Interviews with Massachusetts other gubernatorial candidates have been uploaded to the blog this month.
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