It’s no secret that things are changing in health care, with big potential impact on our patients, students, faculty and staff, and for the entire state of North Carolina. State funding to the UNC System, UNC School of Medicine and the University Cancer Research Fund was cut, and our System is working to adjust to the shifting health care environment.
We face downward pressure on our finances from every direction, including private insurers, federal government and state government. UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine will have to focus on doing more with less, and we will.
We know that the legislature faced a difficult task in balancing the budget, and we hope to continue working with our legislators to help them understand the health care needs of our citizens, including: the challenge of providing the highest quality care to our patients, regardless of their ability to pay; the responsibility we have as the state’s largest medical school to train the next generation of physicians and other health professionals; and the need to continue to produce world-class research that provides breakthrough cures and jobs for North Carolina and beyond.
While the health care environment in our state is shifting, UNC Health Care remains committed to its mission. We are up to the challenges the future brings and will continue to be here when North Carolinians need us.