Family physician elected governor of Kentucky – Newsletter

Family physician elected governor of Kentucky – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

Family physician and U.S. Rep. Ernest Fletcher, M.D., (R-Ky.) Lexington, was elected governor of Kentucky in November. Before entering politics, Fletcher worked as a family physician for 12 years. He is the second family physician to be a governor (Otis R. Bowen, M.D., Bremen, Ind., was governor of Indiana from 1973 to 1980) and one of 17 family physicians currently holding state or federal public office. Fletcher discussed many health issues during his campaign, including the need for comprehensive medical malpractice reform and ensuring affordable, accessible health care for all citizens of Kentucky. “I will do everything I can to reduce health care premiums for Kentuckians, address the number of uninsured, increase access and competition, ensure affordable prescription drugs for our seniors, improve Medicaid, and ensure that we are addressing children’s health issues,” Fletcher said.

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