On this Thanksgiving Day, we want to share a heartfelt thank you for being a part of the Doctors for America movement.
Thank you for coming together by the thousands from all 50 states to fight for equitable, affordable health care for all. Together, we are creating an America where everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
We create change because you choose action over cynicism - reading an email to get informed, signing a petition, sharing a patient story, writing an op-ed, joining a webinar, putting up a flier, running a campaign.
It is because of your efforts that the uninsurance rate in America is below 10% for the first time ever. Over 17 million more people are insured than when we first began this movement. With your continued efforts, We will get more people signed up for coverage before the end of open enrollment on January 31. We will expand Medicaid in every state and keep working until every person is covered. We will improve affordability, availability, and quality of care. And we will shine a light on social determinants like hunger and gun violence that affect our patients every day.
Did you know that Doctors for America members do all this on top of caring for over 1 million patients a month? Thank you to primary care doctors, psychiatrists, surgeons, neurologists, hospitalists, ob-gyns, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, and doctors of every specialty. To rural and urban doctors for your commitment to underserved communities. To private practice owners and tertiary care academics for improving care in every setting.
A special note of appreciation to those who are on call this weekend - caring for patients, answering their worried questions, bringing warmth and light to the sick during the holidays.
Thank you to physician administrators, researchers, innovators, and policymakers who bring a much needed clinical voice to policies and programs. To those who have committed their lives to public service and the uniformed services. To deans and medical educators for training the next generation of physicians. To retirees who have paved the way for the rest of us. To medical students whose energy and enthusiasm carry all of us forward.
Thank you to those who have donated funds to sustain our movement. Your support has been essential, and we are grateful for you.
Some of you are not doctors or medical students, but you stand with Doctors for America as our supporters and colleagues. Thank you for working alongside us to build a more just and equitable future for the health of the nation.
And thank you to Doctors for America's board members, state directors, advisors, and national campaign leaders who volunteer their time to lead our movement and to our small but mighty staff who support all of us.
On behalf of the whole Doctors for America family, may you and yours have a very happy, safe, and wonderful Thanksgiving.
Alice Chen, MD