You did not graduate from medical school, putting in thousands more hours of studying and hard work. The government subsidized part of the school; your degree belongs to us all.
Physicians who care for patients every day understand what no one else does – that the benefits of Health Information Technology are not a forgone conclusion.
Governor Romney can distance himself from President Obama on healthcare by developing a health system reform platform that relies on trust of the American consumers and their physicians, instead of erecting artificial barriers and obstacles that further erode the physician-patient relationship.
The entire country is anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court decision, which will determine what comes next for healthcare.
The AMA's problems have deepened because they are not what they purport themselves to be- the spokesman for the community of physicians.
Healthcare does not operate in a free market system in America. The creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s put an end to that, with government involvement in medical decisions and artificial price fixing for medical services.
Governor Romney is the best candidate for effective healthcare reform in America. His vision addresses the problems in healthcare which won't be solved by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare).
What do you get when you cross 3 pediatricians, 4 internists, 3 family doctors, 2 epidemiologists, 2 nurses, a PhD, an obstetrician, a perinatologist and an occupational medicine doctor? Unfortunately, this is not a joke. It's a government program.
Long ago, the raison d'être for hospitals was to provide a venue for doctors to bring their patients to assist in their care. Hospitals were either private institutions, or were supported by charities (Freemasons, Shriners), municipalities (Cook County Hospital- Chicago, Charity Hospital of New Orleans), religious orders, or by doctors themselves.
At a time when it is trendy to invoke the term “war” against various groups, such as the contrived GOP “war against women” or “war against seniors”, it may appear trite to say that there is a war against doctors; but there is.
Medicare was already on shaky financial ground before Obamacare. With $37 Trillion in unfunded liabilities, and a growing senior population, a plan that Lyndon Johnson promised would not exceed $10 Billion in the first 10 years of the program, now costs over 100 times that amount and threatens the financial stability of our country.
As a physician who takes care of a considerable number of patients on Medicaid or with no medical coverage, I believe that my understanding of what the problems in the healthcare system are better than most authors of opinion pieces on this topic.
Two years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, it is now clear the law fails to control healthcare costs – the very reason advocates called for its passage. In fact, costs have accelerated faster under Obamacare than if Congress never took up health reform.
If your illness has not made the CMS mandate list, or does not have a Congressman to write an earmark for the care of your condition on their bill, you will be out of luck.
Perhaps the worst of Obamacare is exemplified by the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB); one of the 159 new boards created by Obamacare.
Most physicians now agree that Obamacare will not help them care for patients any better than before its passage and will instead harm them.
There is a better way to deal with health care than to put the private practice physicians in this country out of business.
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