Discussion with Decisionmakers: Rep. Ed Oliver

Discussions with Decisionmakers

Representative Oliver represents Alabama’s 81st District covering Chilton, Coosa, and Tallapoosa Counties. He is the Vice-Chair on the House Health Committee. After graduating from the University of Alabama, Representative Oliver attended the Command and General Staff College and served in the Army as a helicopter pilot and then an ambulance helicopter pilot. He is also an avid and knowledgeable hunter.

What first prompted you to consider running office?

I get to do work for rural Alabama and I understand rural health. It felt like a great opportunity and I took it.

How does your background help serve you on the Health Committee and also the Legislature?

Everybody is a product of their experiences. I enjoy speaking with physicians.

What are some of your legislative priorities this term?

I’m working on a 9-1-1 bill that establishes a standard for 911 operators.

 What are some health-related issues important to your district and your constituents?

Access to healthcare. Specifically, when it comes to ambulance care. People really value quick and efficient healthcare.

What do you think people understand the least about our health care system?

Medical workers are not trying to rip you off, they are simply trying to keep their doors open. Doctors are good people.

If you could change anything about our state’s health care system, what would it be?

I would like to see smaller and rural hospitals more financially well off and offer more service.

How can the Medical Association – and physicians statewide – help you address Alabama’s health challenges?

What you all do is the best thing.  All of our services are in populated areas.  I would like to see doctors and nurses get paid better in my district and in rural areas.  It is very hard to get a doctor to stay in a rural area.

What is the one thing you would like to say to physicians in your district?

I appreciate all that they do and I want them to stay in my district.

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