UTRGV Medical School Dean wants taxpayers to “step up” and support health care tax

Edinburg –  John Krouse, the dean of the School of Medicine at UTRGV would like the citizens of Hidalgo County to support a health care taxing district, this according to comments he made at Tuesday’s Health care forum, hosted by the Texas Tribune.

Krouse was also joined by state Representatives Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Oscar Longoria, and U.S. Rep Filemon Vela, with each giving their opinion and insight on the health care conundrum in the Rio Grande Valley.

When the ever important topic on how the health care problem will be funded, Krouse used the opportunity to lecture the public on what their roles are as cash givers.

“We have the largest uncompensated burden in the state, and the only way that we are ever going to get that under control is to have our local communities, through a health district tax, begin to step up to the plate and assume their responsibility.”

Krouse went further and emphasized the tax payers role.

“And it is something that is the public’s responsibility”

““It’s an ethical and moral responsibility to do that.”

Citizens of Hidalgo County have denied two times – in 2014, and 2016,  the creation of a health care taxing district.

Hinojosa, who supported both hospital tax propositions, appeared to take a shift in strategy when discussing the tax payers responsiblity in supporting heath care cost. Hinojosa would at least like to see the medical school financially supported.

Hinojosa has credited the medical school for the regions economic growth, and also feels that citizens have a responsibility to support the school.  Other local politicians, including Hidalgo County Judge candidate Richard Cortez, have shared this position.

Other notable items of discussion was the government’s role in addressing the Rio Grande Vally’s high concentration of citizens with obesity, diabetes, and heart problems.

According to the Economic Research Service, Hidalgo County has a SNAP participation rate of 78.2%, or nearly 8 out of 10 participants.

SNAP (food stamps) can be used to purchase non sustenance, and non nutritional food items.

Link below to Texas Tribune Health care forum.




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