Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Room 2600
Tucson, Arizona 85724
The Future of Your Healthcare ... Insurance, Access to Care, Prescription Benefits
Critical Issues Facing the US Healthcare System
About the Lecture:
Dan Derksen, MD, a national expert on health policy, will discuss the critical state of U.S. Healthcare systems governing all aspects of healthcare, including health insurance, prescription benefits, access, costs, and health outcomes at the national and state levels. He will highlight how the upcoming elections could dramatically impact the U.S. health-care systems — including Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, prescription benefits, access to health care, costs, payment, health outcomes and the health-care economy — at the national and state levels.
Among Medicare beneficiaries, the most common chronic conditions include arthritis; high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease; and diabetes. Many have two or more chronic conditions. The costs of chronic conditions have far-reaching implications for the health-care system. Although Congress failed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act in 2017, health law has been significantly altered over the past two years, with more changes expected related to the midterm election results.
In his presentation, Dr. Derksen will express his personal opinions based on more than 30 years of experience as a family physician and in applied health policy, outcomes, education and workforce research to inform the public, providers and policymakers. He does not represent the positions of the UA or the Arizona Board of Regents.
About Dr. Derksen:
Recently appointed associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the UA Health Sciences, Dr. Derksen also is the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and professor of public health policy and management in the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, with a joint appointment as professor in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Family and Community Medicine. As director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health, Dr. Derksen’s current service, research and education activities include informing legislative, regulatory and program policy to improve health equity; increasing health insurance coverage; reducing the uninsured; narrowing health disparities; developing, implementing and evaluating interprofessional serving/learning sites; and working to assure a well-trained and distributed health workforce to meet the health needs of all Arizonans.