Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick Is Passionate About Improving Georgia’s Healthcare and Insurance System
As mentioned by Baker Owens on “The Next Generation of Healthcare in Georgia” article, if there is a silver lining to be found in the COVID-19, it is innovation and collaboration. With such a drastic hit to budgets and the normal way of doing things, the slow development of telemedicine and digital connections took a great leap forward.
COVID-19 forced the issue and people are connecting dots on things like access to resources in ways they did not occur before. This is happening not just around homelessness but also addiction and recovery resources, mental health and telemedicine.”
Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick served as an orthopedic surgeon in metro Atlanta for more than 30 years. She is the Chairwoman of the Ethics Committee.
As a physician, Kay is passionate about improving Georgia’s healthcare and insurance system. She has passed several bills to increase healthcare access and improve choices for patients. She has authored or sponsored a number of health-related bills, including: surprise billing, transparency for consumers, emergency prescriptions, and access to care across state lines including telemedicine.
Whenever the COVID-19 crisis has ultimately passed, these new methods and tools may have helped to streamline services from civic groups and nonprofits— not to mention state and local government. And that ultimately leads to better outcomes.
Honoring National Women’s History Month
Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. This special Presidential Proclamation honors the extraordinary achievements of American women, and at OrthoNOW, we would like to celebrate the achievements by Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick.