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Elmore Rigamer, MD, MPA: elmorerigamer@cox.net
Rade Pejic, MD: rpejicmd@gmail.com

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Elmore F. Rigamer, MD, MPA, is currently Medical Director for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans where he currently directs several disaster relief programs for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster. Rigamer received his training in psychiatry at The New York Hospital- Cornell University an Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He received his MPA from Harvard University.

Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Dr. Rigamer served the US Department of State as Medical Director advising the Secretary of State on international health issues while overseeing the health care of Foreign Service diplomats and their families. He also served the US Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Medical Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health, Director of Mental Health Services, and Regional Psychiatrist for Europe, the Soviet Union, and South Asia. Dr. Rigamer has also held positions with Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization and the Ochsner Clinic as well as served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Physician in Monrovia, Liberia.

Louisiana State News

Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018

By Keanan McGonigle | The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate, Letters, July 19, 2018
As a future health care professional, I watched with bated breath over the past year as Congress moved to strip our citizens of health insurance time after time. Through the power of advocacy from millions across the country, this thankfully did not come to pass.

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

By Ashley Duhon and Sara Robicheaux | The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate, Letters, March 28, 2018
As a medical student, you never forget the first time a patient says, “Thank you for your help, but I can’t afford it.” It’s the one sentence that could stop any treatment plan, regardless of the potential benefits.

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By Elmore F. Rigamer, M.D. | The Times-Picayune
Our health system does not work. One-third of the nation’s $3 trillion health care bill is spent on navigating complexities imposed by the private insurance industry. We spend much more on health care than other countries, yet we have the most rationed (by cost) care in the world.

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014

By Elmore F. Rigamer, M.D. | The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
The article on the high administrative costs in U.S. hospitals, while startling, is not surprising. The health care system is perfectly designed to give high costs and uneven quality. Each year the system becomes more complicated and expensive with dollars for administering it competing with dollars for patient care. Physician burnout is high, according to an August article in The Wall Street Journal, and people cannot figure out what health care costs are when they try to buy health insurance.

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014

By Joseph Kanter, M.D., and Elmore Rigamer, M.D. | The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
We know that people who do not have health insurance have a hard time getting the care they need. Care received in emergency rooms or free clinics cannot address the complex medical problems that come with years of being uninsured.

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, a Republican, who has joined the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, certainly understands the greatest flaw in the legislation. "The worst thing you can do is give it to an insurance company." Leading to his conclusion, "If the government wants to put forth a policy where they will pay for everything and you won’t have to go through an insurance policy, that’d be a whole lot better."