Panel seeks ideas on health care

January 22, 1994

A panel on privatizing state government is looking for ideas on how to reduce the state's multibillion-dollar health care service bill. Health care providers, small businesses, and the public are invited to offer their suggestions at a public forum Tuesday.

The forum will be the first held by the Governor's Advisory Council on Privatization to examine a specific topic.

The year-old advisory panel is looking for ideas ranging from ways to save money on pharmaceuticals, wheelchairs and durable goods already provided by the private sector to whether state-run hospitals and homes for the disabled could be run more efficiently by others.

A group of experts is expected to describe efforts that have succeeded in other states. The forum will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Room E-1, upper level concourse.

"Our role is [to] try to create awareness of privatization or competitive contracting, which is becoming the more popular term," said Mark L. Joseph, president of Yellow Transportation and chair of the advisory panel. "But the other purpose is to give people in Maryland the opportunity to submit a proposal," he said.


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