Is Health Care Healthy in the Lone Star State?
By David Doolittle

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What’s the state of health care in Texas?

That’s the question that Texas business, political, and health care leaders will discuss during the Texas Lyceum’s 32nd annual public conference, “Code Blue: the State of Texas Healthcare,” scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18 in San Antonio. 

“The health of Texans is a critical and ongoing concern for business and civic leaders across our state, while at the same time being an intimate concern for our own families,” Texas Lyceum said in announcing the conference. “At scale, our health indicators are strongly tied to our state’s economic development, global competitiveness, and security.”

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Access to health care;
  • The uninsured in Texas;
  • Medicaid;
  • Maternal health; and
  • Health equity.

Texas Medical Association President Douglas Curran, MD, is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on graduate medical education.

Dr. Curran says any discussion on GME should include finding ways to expand residency programs so that future doctors can complete their training, particularly because residents tend to stay near the location in which they train.

“I also think we have to be sure we’re making the kinds of doctors we need,” Dr. Curran told Texas Medicine. “Every specialty needs more physicians, but it’s important to make sure we’re getting primary care doctors, general internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and OB/Gyns, particularly in rural areas.”

David Lakey, MD, vice chancellor for health affairs and chief medical officer of The University of Texas System; and Roberta Schwartz, MD, executive vice president of Houston Methodist, will also be a part of the discussion.

Other scheduled speakers include:

  • Paul Hain, MD, North Texas market president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas;
  • Kyle Janek, MD, former state senator and Health and Human Services executive commissioner; and
  • State Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond).

The summit will be held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. Find more information, including how to register online, on the summit’s website. TMA members will get a $25  discount; just sure to enter code TMA2018 when you register.


Last Updated On

July 19, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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