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How Did MD Anderson End Up in Financial Trouble and How to Turn Things Around?

(Above: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) On Tuesday (March 21, 2017), Dr. Marshall E. Hicks took over as the interim president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after the resignation of its former president, Dr. Ronald DePinho. Despite currently being ranked as the nation’s top cancer treatment hospital […]

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)(Above: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

On Tuesday (March 21, 2017), Dr. Marshall E. Hicks took over as the interim president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after the resignation of its former president, Dr. Ronald DePinho.

Despite currently being ranked as the nation’s top cancer treatment hospital by US News & World Report, MD Anderson has had a rough go of it lately. After finishing its last fiscal year with a budget shortfall of $267 million, the organization now faces the prospect of budget cuts from Texas lawmakers.

To learn more about the situation we talk with Todd Ackerman, medical reporter for the Houston Chronicle. And Dr. Vivian Ho of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy talks about how a medical center with such a strong reputation nationally can be in such circumstances – and what it says about the challenges in healthcare today.

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