As physician advocates, policymakers, and community leaders gathered in Harlingen for the Texas Medical Association’s annual Border Health Conference, the wide-ranging agenda included many of medicine’s priority issues along the Texas-Mexico border.
Facing a significant socioeconomic disparity to the rest of the state, our border has real challenges.
The vast majority of the border region is designated as a health professional shortage area and a medically underserved area. More than $3 billion in productivity is lost annually to chronic illness, which is widespread in the border region. Nearly half of the population has no health insurance, and Medicaid is the primary coverage provider where coverage exists.
Past TMA President E. Linda Villarreal, MD, - from Hidalgo County - engages in thoughtful dialogue with the House Public Health Committee on Oct. 5, 2021, about the committee’s interim charge regarding health care access along the Texas-Mexico border. Dr. V eloquently made an impassioned case to improve outreach and education for patients, noting that social determinants of health account for nearly 80% of a person’s overall health.
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