WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Doctors for America members attended the President’s announcement laying out the way forward on health care reform. Physician members expressed their frustration with the slow pace of reform moving forward to this point but retained optimism that the health care summit at Blair House coupled with today’s announcement will push patient-centered reform efforts across the finish line.
“Every day our patients have to wait for reform is another illness growing worse or condition that can but won’t be prevented,” said Dr. Chris Lillis of Fredericksburg, Virginia. “Today’s announcement, coupled with action on Capitol Hill, makes me hopeful that real reform to address our nation’s broken health care system will become a reality for me and my patients.”
In a letter sent to Congressional leaders yesterday, President Obama included several measures that will help access and quality of care for patients, as well as the system physicians work in. Among the elements that appealed to physicians are addressing inadequate Medicaid reimbursements to primary care doctors, medical mal practice and seeking out wasteful spending to better direct dollars to our patients needs in the Medicare and Medicaid systems.
“The President’s proposals align with the recommendations we and other doctors have presented to him,” said Dr. Mandy Krauthamer Cohen, Executive Director of Doctors for America. Each improvement to the existing policy proposals provides a targeted improvement to the reform efforts. In a time where finger-pointing and blame are taking over the discussion about reform, these measures aim to tackle problems in the way health care is delivered and are welcomed by physicians. ”
Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 16,000 physicians with a presence in all fifty states committed to passing meaningful health reform legislation. The group works to convey the ideas and experiences of physicians in order to achieve reform that provides high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.