SAN DIEGO, Ca., May 11, 2012 - This past weekend physicians from around the nation assembled in San Diego to hear Congressmen, medical group leaders, fellow citizens, fiscal policy experts and media personalities decry the state of American healthcare under the stepwise implementation of the ‘Affordable Care Act’ legislation.
More importantly, they learned how to become individual activists in the ongoing fight to protect the sacred bond and privilege between a patient and his/her physician, and how to thwart further government intrusion into the examination room.
The conference spanned two days and was organized by Southern California doctors Adam Dorin, M.D., MBA (Founder/President of America’s Medical Society
) and Marcy Zwelling, M.D. Local Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, Jr. led off the meeting with a strong endorsement of physician and patient rights, which was emceed by Tim Yale of TellDC.com, Sutton Porter of the Rick Amato Radio Show and Rick Amato himself (who is also the national spokesperson for America’s Medical Society). Bestselling author on Obamacare and the “Pipes Plan,” Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Council, was an engaging speaker. National thought leader in medical policy, Jane Orient, M.D., Executive Director of the group AAPS, delivered a riveting analysis of the damaging features of the PPACA/Obamacare law. Jason Fodeman of the group Docs4PC also gave a very comprehensive description of how the ‘Affordable Care Act’ is neither affordable nor caring. Radio personality Bill Gunderson of the show ‘Positively Wall Street’ spoke on the danger of America becoming like Spain in the area of healthcare and a declining national economy. And, the Discovery Channel producer Michael Emerson gave a captivating speech on how to educate and motivate doctors to enter the world of mass media to deliver their story to the public and politicians.
Although details are still to be put in final form, the following principles were put forth as a solid blueprint to allow medical professionals to re-create a workable physician/patient-centric approach to sensible health system reform:
1. Only physicians should make medical decisions about patient care
2. Insurance companies should be allowed to compete across state lines
3. Concierge/self-pay medicine should be encouraged through expansion of health savings accounts and tax-credits for charity care
4. No unelected body of bureaucrats should be given the right to make decisions to ration, restrict or otherwise influence treatment decisions
5. Regional health systems and insurance companies should not use electronic medical records/prescribing systems to restrict prescription drug options
6. Defensive medicine should be minimized by using reasonable malpractice limits, as modeled by California and Texas laws
7. Local ‘Accountable Care Organizations’ should be accountable to practicing doctors, not local medical society leaders and hospital administrators
8. Research to minimize medical errors should be fine-tuned to seek causative problems, not to ratchet up additional layers of oversight and mandates with little proof of benefit to patient well-being
9. No medical association should be given taxpayer funds or health system monies because of political ties or influence—physicians should be afforded a level playing ground in the legislative/lobbying arena so that their patients can truly find a voice for better and more efficient medical practices
10. Patients should be afforded a ‘pharmacy bill of rights’ to know when/if their prescription medications are being switched to different, generic products to the financial benefit of pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacists, and pharmacy drug chains.
Groups such as the Doctor-Patient Medical Association, the Association for American Physicians and Surgeons, Docs4PatientCare, America’s Medical Society, and others assembled this past weekend to create a new ‘push’ toward empowering community doctors all across America (85% of whom are not members of the AMA and did not appreciate the AMA’s endorsement of Obamacare in 2010). The doctors’ coalition effort was previewed and covered by KUSI TV
and Breitbart.com. This event was just the beginning of a long battle ahead to limit the intrusion of attorneys and non-medical ‘middle men’ into the lives of American patients.
The author, Doctor Dorin, is a board-certified physician practicing in Southern California. He founded the non-profit group America’s Medical Society to further the education of physicians and patients on matters of health policy in the United States.
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