Letter to the editor
This is a crucial time for health care access in Oregon. Voting YES on Measure 101 this January is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that affordable health care is kept accessible for Oregonians — especially kids, seniors and people with disabilities.
As a general pediatrician at Pacific Pediatrics in Woodburn, I know firsthand how important it is to have accessible health care.
Every day when I come to work, I have the privilege of serving the families of Oregon. Children come to my office for their well child check-ups where we talk about important aspects of their lives. We talk about how each child is progressing in school, their behavior, development and nutrition.
In order to prevent future diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, receiving regular preventative care is vital. During their check-ups, I remind kids to read a book, brush teeth, get their heart rate up and avoid foods/beverages that are harmful to their health.
When children are sick and parents are worried, the first person they turn to is their physician. Sometimes kids need lifesaving antibiotics and in other situations parents need reassurance that their children are safe, healthy and thriving. Whether is it is a scraped knee or difficulty breathing, children should always be able to receive the care they need.
Voting yes on Measure 101 means protecting health care for Oregon families, including 400,000 children, as well as seniors and people with disabilities.
No one should have to debate whether they should go in for care. Please join me, and thousands of health care professionals across the state, in voting YES on Measure 101 this January.
Megan C. Schwartz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.