N.J. GOP Senate candidate: Technology allows us to provide health care to all

Guest Column By Bob Hugin, October 7 2018

Washington politicians are great at talking about problems, but bad at actually fixing them. Nowhere is this more glaring than health care reform.

For decades, Washington has failed to address the root causes of why our outdated health care system fails to deliver the best outcomes at the lowest costs for the people who need it most. This failure has increased the inequality in health outcomes and burdened the sickest patients with the highest percentage of cost sharing.

That’s why I support capping co-pays at $50 for prescription drugs and limiting monthly out of pocket expenses for all health care costs. No New Jerseyan should face the choice between paying their mortgage, their child’s education, or paying for high-quality health care. As CEO of Celgene, I made sure we had the most compassionate patient assistance program in the world and nearly 90 percent of patients paid less than $50 out of pocket.

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How we can fix our broken health-care system

Guest Column By Bob Hugin, February 2 2018

What’s past is prologue. These words from William Shakespeare are on my mind as I conclude nearly 20 years of working in the nation’s dynamic health-care sector – both with the biotech company Celgene and as a board member for one of the country’s most forward-looking hospital and integrated clinical care systems located right here in New Jersey.

As I reflect on what I’ve learned, I’m amazed by the progress achieved during this period. From the dramatic breakthroughs in treating HIV to significant advances for patients with cardiovascular disease to finding a cure for hepatitis C, American health-care innovation has transformed grave illnesses into manageable conditions and found cures for serious diseases.

And during that time, the death rate from cancer has declined steadily in the US, leading to projections of over 20 million cancer survivors by 2026. These are more than statistics. They are lives – saved, extended, improved.

As gratified as I am by that progress, at the same time, I am daunted by the challenges that remain, and disappointed by our failure to adequately address the increasing inequality of health outcomes and the social and economic issues impacting health care in our communities today.

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