Davis talks rural health care in southeast Kansas

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September 18, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Congressional candidate Paul Davis discusses health care at an event in Pittsburg Thursday. REGISTER/RICK DANLEY

Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis hosted a round-table discussion with a dozen area health care professionals Thursday in Pittsburg.

Davis, who is locked in a neck and neck contest with political rookie Steve Watkins (R-Topeka) for the 2nd District seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, aimed two questions at those who attended last week’s forum at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas: What are the greatest challenges you face in the current rural health care environment? And what are the best possible solutions?

Davis, a Lawrence attorney and former Kansas House minority leader, didn’t say much on the day; he was there to listen. “My job,” said Davis, “is to synthesize [your accounts] and turn them into action and policy. I think we have to acknowledge that we have a great health care system in this country, but we have a costly health care system that has a lot of challenges, and we’re just not meeting those challenges right now.”

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