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Dr. Derksen to Address Future of Health Care at Free Event

The critical state of the U.S. health-care system and the potential impact of the mid-term elections will be the topic of a lecture by University of Arizona health-care policy expert Daniel Derksen, MD, onWednesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., at Banner – University of Arizona Medical Center – Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Presented by the UA Arthritis Center in partnership with the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the event is free and open to the public and will include time for questions and answers. Seating for the lecture is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website,, call 520-626-5040 or email

Dr. Derksen is associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the UA Health Sciences and the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and professor of public health policy and management at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. 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.

Dr. Derksen will discuss how the elections could dramatically impact all aspects of the U.S. health-care systems and health care — 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.

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