Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Health Care

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November 28, 2011 - Dr. Ronald DePinho, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center


May 30, 2011 - Dr. Howard Marcus


September 1, 2009 - Dr. Leonel Vela - Regional Dean, UT Health Science Center


August 27, 2009 - Dean Patricia Starck, DSN, RN, FAAN - University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston


June 3, 2009 - Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson, World-Renowned Medical Researcher

Governor Perry has led the effort to invest millions of dollars in biotechnology and the health care of tomorrow, leveraging the Emerging Technology Fund to help get new technology, treatments and cures to market more quickly. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, funded by Texas voters in 2007, will distribute $3 billion in funding to fight cancer over the next 10 years. Through common sense laws and the spirit of innovation, Texas is well-positioned for the future of health care.

Action Items

»  The governor ceremonially signed Senate Bill 98, which establishes a health science center and medical school in South Texas.

News & Announcements

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2003 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Urges Support for Texas Driver Responsibility Program
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today urged support for legislation that would raise $1 billion for the state’s trauma care centers over the next five years by increasing fines on habitually bad drivers.
  • Thursday, May 15, 2003 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Three Bills Important To Texas Future
    Gov. Rick Perry signs Senate Bill 43 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, left, in the governor's reception room. The legislation requires the Texas Department of Health to provide a report on the success of the Educating Physicians In Your Community pilot program.
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today signed three bills into law that “will make this state a better place to live.” Republican and Democrat lawmakers who authored and sponsored House Bill 1370, Senate Bill 43 and Senate Bill 339 joined the governor for a signing ceremony at the State Capitol.
  • Thursday, May 15, 2003 • Speech
    Gov. Perry Speaks at Bill Signing
    Gov. Rick Perry signs Senate Bill 43 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, left, in the governor's reception room. The legislation requires the Texas Department of Health to provide a report on the success of the Educating Physicians In Your Community pilot program.
    I am proud to sign House Bill 1370, authored by Representative Luna and sponsored by Senator Lucio, which will establish an important desalination study that will help lead Texas down the path of converting salt water to drinking water in the near future.
  • Monday, March 24, 2003 • Speech
    Texas Daily Newspaper Association
    It is all about our outlook. There are really three kinds of people: Some will say the glass is half empty. Others will say it is half full. And then there are folks with real analytical minds – mostly engineers, but also a handful of reporters – and they will say the glass is neither half full nor half empty, but twice as large as it needs to be.
  • Friday, March 21, 2003 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texas Receives $81.6 Million for Bioterrorism Preparations
    AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas has been awarded $81.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help communities prepare for public health emergencies, including the possibility of bioterrorism.