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HHS Secretary Price Should Look To Example Of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ Leadership To Address, Improve Health Care Access

The Hill: Developing nations are taking the lead on health care access — U.S. could learn from them
Krista Scott of Child Care Aware of America; Uzma Alam, global health practitioner; and Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, health care policy expert, and all participants in the Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity Public Voices Fellowship of The OpEd Project

“…[W]hile U.S. leaders are bent on pushing legislation to reduce access to health care, the rest of the world is focused on increasing people’s ability to get the care they need, including in developing countries. … [Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, new director general of the WHO, and Tom Price, U.S. secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services,] cannot be more different. … Ghebreyesus’ leadership has led to a clear positive trajectory for health outcomes in Ethiopia. … Under Dr. Ghebreyesus’ leadership from 2005-2012, the country’s health infrastructure was expanded… Here in the United States, however, Secretary Price appears to be the polar opposite, dedicated to advancing policies that would reduce access to health care, undermine women’s health, and allow religious beliefs to override science and public health. … Secretary Price would do well to look to Dr. Ghebreyesus’ leadership in addressing pressing health disparities with limited means. We need our health leader to harness the United States’ tremendous resources to improve health outcomes for everyone in our nation. We must pursue global health security through sustained investments in global health and by backing research-based, proven solutions — domestically and internationally” (6/24).

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