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.
» The governor ceremonially signed Senate Bill 98, which establishes a health science center and medical school in South Texas.
News & Announcements
Sunday, March 21, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Passage of Federal Health Care Bill
Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the passage of the federal health care bill: "Unfortunately, the health care vote had more to do with expanding socialism on American soil than it does fixing our health care finance and delivery systems. The Obama health care bill undermines patient choice, personal responsibility, medical innovation and fiscal responsibility in America. As passed by the U.S. House, the bill will cost Texas taxpayers billions more, and drive our nation much deeper into debt. Congress's backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers undermined the public trust and increased cynicism in our political process. Texas leaders will continue to do everything in our power to fight this federal excess and find ways to protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers from this gross federal overreach."
Friday, March 19, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Speaker Straus Urge Texas Congressional Delegation to Vote No On Health Care Bill
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker of the House Joe Straus today sent a letter asking the Texas Congressional Delegation to put Texas first and vote against the federal government’s takeover of health care
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: States Must Stand Up to Unprecedented Federal Intrusion
Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter asking other governors to join him in ongoing efforts to assert the constitutional rights of states as guaranteed under the 10th Amendment with regard to the federal health care bill being forced through by Congress. He urged the governors to support and join efforts by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and several other state attorneys general to determine the constitutionality of a compromise in the pending federal health care legislation exempting the state of Nebraska from increased Medicaid costs resulting from the bill’s passage.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Successful Health Care Reform Must be Achieved through State-Specific Solutions
Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and the Texas Congressional Delegation outlining his concerns about the impact on Texas taxpayers and the state budget of federal government-run health care bills currently under consideration by Congress. The committee began consideration of Chairman Baucus’ proposed bill and amendments this week.
Thursday, September 03, 2009 Editorial
Overcoming Our Nursing Shortfall
In 2008, Texas schools of nursing had to turn away 42 percent of interested, qualified applicants. That’s close to 9,000 capable Texans sitting on the sidelines instead of getting the training they need to start easing the burden on strained staffs and ailing patients.