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GOP teams debate before medical community

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Today's gubernatorial hosted by the Rotary Club of Guam was Round 2 for the GOP hopefuls.  Last night they Republican teams of Eddie Calvo/Ray Tenorio and Mike Cruz/Jim Espaldon went head-to-head at the Guam Medical Association's debate, answering questions on an array of issues ranging from the military buildup, where they stand on same sex civil unions and, of course, healthcare.

Calvo said, "In a Calvo/Tenorio administration, we're going to work with the Public Health director the hospital.  How do we alleviate the pressures in the ER?  We'll work with the Public Health director in utilizing the community health centers to alleviate those pressures in the ER.  Those are the highest costs factors.  In the hospital, we've got to help them...working together with the hospital and their board, we can do it."

Cruz added, "We need to capture our revenues, and one of the things that needs to be done is outsourcing our billing and collections.  We need to act aggressively and leverage the federal government to ensure our Compact impact funding is adequate in covering the expenses we need to pay.  We need to increase efficiencies of the revenue centers such as the operating room. 

We've hired four anesthesiologists, expanded the labor delivery room, and we bought new equipment for CT scans."

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