Healthcare reform has been a heavily contested issue in the political landscape, and in order to gain information in hopes that the federal government can encourage innovation in the medical community Representatives Roger Marshall and Neal Dunn held a medical round table with Dr. Scott Weir.
Commenting on the roundtable, Dunn explained that “Last week, I hosted a round table with Congressman Roger Marshall to hear from experts about ways we can improve medical research and drive innovation. We discussed the importance of nuclear medical isotopes and the role they play in cancer treatments. As doctors we are acutely aware of how critical it is for cancer patients to receive these radiation treatments in a timely manner. Slowing the start of these treatments can lessen the effectiveness, and ultimately be detrimental to patient. It is my hope that by continuing conversations, much like this one, we will be able to fix this problem and get our patients access to the treatments they need.”
Representative Marshall added that “Eight experts in fields varying from nuclear security to pharmacy industry leaders participated in the discussion held by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. The roundtable focused on new opportunities for basic science research to improve care and lower health care costs, including ways the pharmacy industry can work to ensure these medical innovations are accessible to all, in both rural and urban America.”
And, Marshall explained that “It was an honor to sit alongside these brilliant minds and discuss ways that we can work together to improve health care outcomes and cut costs. The medical industry has come a long way thanks to technology and research, and it’s exciting to see the continual advances being made. Science and research investments play a key role in delivering advancements for the next generation. I look forward to seeing the future success of projects like those discussed today and remaining a champion of research funding.”