Last week's HEALTHCARE DESIGN poll question asked:

Will the passage of healthcare reform have a negative or positive effect on the healthcare design community?

31.03% - It will have a negative effect

41.38% - It will have a positive effect

4.60% - A negative effect in the short term; positive long term

8.05% - A positive effect in the short term; negative long term

14.94% - I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see


- It is anticipated that hospital operating margins will from 3-5% to 0.1%. Where will there be capital to finance renovation or new buildings? I think the future is dim.

- This is going to be a long ride. I think it will take at least 20 years for it to achieve some measure of resolve.

- Strictly speaking, enabling us to continue to compete, and still cover our employees with affordable insurance, is beneficial. We believe passage of the bill is a positive step.

- I think it will have nothing but positive results because we can't just sit around and do nothing about the situation. The "haves" have it and the "have nots" not having anything is not going to win over this time and it's time for the hard working Americans without Health Insurance to get their part too!!!