Think the American Medical Association is the end-all when it comes to what doctors in the U.S. believe? Think again. The AMA represents less than one-quarter of all doctors in the U.S. Further, the AMA is about politics, not medicine.
That is why there are groups like FACS and Docs 4 Patient Care. These groups make sure that the AMA doesn't come out and fraudulently claim to speak for all physicians.
In fact, here is what D4PC stands for:
|•There is no logical reason to hastily pass this legislation by a predetermined deadline. We have one chance to get this right.|
•Bring "all" stakeholders together to help assure a meaningful and sustainable reform by considering many recommendations and proposals.
•Adopt a patient-centered approach to healthcare reform that empowers patients and promotes freedom of choice.
•Use the power of government to assist the uninsured obtain health coverage through modification of the tax code, such as tax credits and vouchers.
•Reduce high insurance premiums by opening up patient risk pools across the entire nation, thereby, diffusing risk.
•Allow the individual/family to be the "owner" of the policy making their health care coverage portable and available if they lose their job or move to a new place of employment. This will eliminate exclusion from the new employer's plan for a “pre-existing” health issue and also eliminate a waiting period to qualify for enrollment.
•Encourage and expand Health Savings Accounts. Tax-Free savings vehicle for planned and/or unexpected medical expenses.
•Tort Reform. The costs to our healthcare system secondary to the practice of defensive medicine are over $100 billion annually, or $2,000 per family.
•Insurance Reform. Guarantee insurability due to pre-existing illness. Eliminate Insurance company antitrust exemption.
Further, there will be a D4PC rally on September 10, 2009 in Washington D.C. at the Senate Upper Park. (That's just north of the Capitol Building.)
You can check out their website on-line here:
Docs 4 Patient Care
And their Mission Statement on-line here:
D4PC Mission Statement