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.
As the Texas Medical Association digests and analyzes the full impact for Texas of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, President Gary W. Floyd, MD, issued a statement on Friday in response to the ruling, saying: "TMA remains committed to protecting the privacy and sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, and is "unwavering in its stance against intrusions by government or other third parties that impede the patient-physician relationship, and any criminalization of acceptable and appropriate medical practices that may jeopardize that relationship or patients' safety."
TMA President Gary W. Floyd, MD, says the school shooting last week in Uvalde, Texas, struck him at his core as a physician, father, and grandfather. Immediately after the tragedy unfolded, TMA formed a Mental Health Rapid Response Team to assist the Uvalde community and establish short- and long-term goals to prevent such incidents in the future.
The Texas Medical Association House of Delegates installed Keller pediatrician Gary Floyd, MD, as its 157th president during TexMed 2022 in Houston in April - the first in-person meeting of TMA's annual conference and policymaking body since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency. He is the fourth TMA president to serve during the ongoing pandemic and will lead America’s largest state medical society for one year.
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