In conversations with people around the state, Minnesota HealthBasics is working to find common ground on which to build a stronger health care system. The conversations so far have been vibrant, robust and full of good ideas. In the new Perspectives section of the Minnesota HealthBasics website, we will share some of the ideas we’ve heard, some interesting perspectives from Minnesota leaders and we also hope you’ll share your ideas with us.
Over the next couple of months, we will share short, thoughtful articles that will tackle some of the major issues in our health care system. Some articles you may agree with and others you may disagree with, but hopefully you’ll be talking about them with the people in your life.
We encourage you to join the conversation and share your thoughts here in the comment section and on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve got more to say and would like to submit your own article, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Dr. Christopher Cassirer, president and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington and first appeared in the Star Tribune Jan. 1, 2017. Northwestern Health Sciences University and Minnesota HealthBasics have co-hosted a number of forums with future health care leaders to discuss the future of health policy. As […]
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