Bailus Walker, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., APHA President, 1988

Improving Access to Health Care

Failure to achieve universal access to care is a terrible indictment of the public health profession. All of us who have served in the role of leadership ought to be indicted because we have failed in our efforts to achieve universal access.

We must address poverty. If we do not address it, then 125 years from today someone will be standing here saying that we have 41 million people who are not insured.

I hope that we do not lose sight of Barry Levy’s address this morning. The 10 points that he laid out represent a clear roadmap for us to achieve universal access and improvement of health for all the people in this country.

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