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Doctors: Our Patents Can Not Wait for Health Reform


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               

July 30, 2009           

Contact: Megan S. Smith                                                                       

202-481-8219 desk

 

Doctors:  Our Patents Can’t Wait for Health Reform

Nearly half million physicians urgently pushing for Congressional action

 

WASHINGTON, DC—This week, nearly half a million physicians and medical students sent their second letter in as many months to Congress regarding the urgent need for health reform this year.  Doctors for America, an advocacy group created by doctors, joined several other physicians’ groups to highlight the cost of inaction for patients and physicians.

“Doctors see patients struggling every day in the current state of our nation’s healthcare system.  Reform is about making health insurance attainable, but it is also about wellness, prevention, and putting quality before quantity in the way medicine is practiced in this country.  Reform this year will move us closer to the healthcare system Americans need and deserve,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy of Doctors for America.

Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 13,000 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. 

For full text of the letter dated July 30th, see below:

July 30, 2009   

Dear Senator:   

Today 455,000 physicians and medical students stand together in strong support of health care reform.   

We want you, Congress, the Administration, and the American people to know that we believe, in the interest of our patients and this nation, we must pass strong and effective health care reform in 2009. Americans need affordable choices, and stable coverage. Not passing health reform will result in continued rising costs, poorer quality of care, and more people uninsured.   

Everyday, we are on the frontlines of healthcare, and know that we must ensure everyone in our communities including working people, parents and children all have real choice of plans and doctors, affordable care, and access to necessary medical services. Health care reform will help physicians provide better care for their patients, throughout the nation.  

Some people believe that patients are better off in today’s disorganized insurance market. We believe that the health care our patients receive will be better within a reformed system. As physicians and future physicians, we stand in firm support of the patient-centered changes being outlined in Congress. We are confident that the reforms being proposed will allow us to provide better quality care to our patients, while preserving patient choice of plan and doctor.   

Continuation of the status quo is a steep pathway to growing cost of and decreased access to quality health care for all Americans. Our patients cannot wait another year, another term, another day. We must take advantage of this historic opportunity for change and enact meaningful comprehensive health care reform.   

Sincerely,

American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Medical Student Association
Doctors for America
National Physicians Alliance

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