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Dr. Dan Derksen Addresses U.S. House Subcommittee on Rural Health Care Disparities

Dr. Derksen is professor of public health policy and management and director of the Center for Rural Health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Dr. Daniel Derksen told members of a congressional panel Tuesday that more than 50 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and another 250 – including Cochise Regional Hospital – are at risk. Photo courtesy of Cronkite News

Dr. Daniel Derksen told members of a congressional panel Tuesday that more than 50 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and another 250 – including Cochise Regional Hospital – are at risk. Photo courtesy of Cronkite News

Dan Derksen, MD, professor of public health policy and management and director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, spoke today before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Derksen provided expert testimony on “Rural Health Care Disparities Created by Medicare Regulations and Payment.”

A video of the hearing is available at https://www.congress.gov/committees/video/house-ways-and-means/hswm00/69188679; Dr. Derksen’s testimony begins at 57:00.

Dr. Derksen’s statement is available at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Derksen-Testimony-072815HL.pdf

Dr. Derksen did not represent the University of Arizona or any other entity. He drew from his more than 30 years of experience as:

  • a family physician practicing in underserved sites where most of his patients were on Medicare or Medicaid, or were uninsured
  • a faculty member creating training programs and preparing health professions students to practice in rural communities
  • director of an academic faculty practice plan
  • a director working for a governor to establish a state-based health insurance marketplace
  • and as a health policy fellow working for a U.S. senator researching and drafting legislation to improve the supply and distribution of the health workforce to rural areas

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