Rural physician practices and the hospitals they heavily rely on face staff shortages, shrinking payments, a nation-leading number of uninsured patients, and increased operating costs because of inflation. But rural areas must confront these obstacles with significant disadvantages compared with their urban counterparts. This issue takes a look at public health in Texas and how rural access to care, as well as long COVID, obesity, and other obstacles are challenging physicians across the state.
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Although immunization registries are intended to ease record-keeping, Texas’ unique “opt-in” law creates a labyrinth of difficulties, especially when it comes to interacting with electronic health records. This also has implications during a public health emergency. TMA is hopeful state lawmakers will be spurred by the ongoing pandemic to finally address ImmTrac2’s shortfalls during the upcoming legislative session.
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