Creigh Deeds & Elliot Harding Discuss Healthcare at Candidate Forum in Crozet
CROZET, Va. (WVIR) - As the election draws near, candidates are stating their final cases for why people should vote for them. On Tuesday night, 25th District Creigh Deeds and Elliot Harding talked about important matters surrounding healthcare.
Healthcare continues to be a top priority throughout the state of Virginia. The two candidates running for Senate shared their views on where they stand with the issue.
Senator Deeds says too much money is spent on hospital care, and that other ways need to be found to serve more people effectively and efficiently throughout the community. He also pointed out that there are only 1,600 psychiatrists in the state and that many areas are considered medically under-served.
Harding feels Medicaid waivers need to be fully funded and that the state needs to be vigilant in getting help to those with mental health issues. "The largest mental healthcare provider in the commonwealth is our prison system. Unfortunately, we need to re-evaluate what we do with those who are suffering from mental health issues."
"We know most states spend about 70% of their mental health dollars on community services. We spend 52% on hospitals. We can't, it's not sustainable,” said Deeds.
Both candidates agree to find funding to solve these issues is going to be a challenge but feel it can be done. Tuesday's forum also featured candidates from the Board of Supervisors, the sheriff's office, and the Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney.
Election Day is on November 5.