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AMA to Cape Cod Times: AMA views health care act as a work in progress

June 15, 2011(published)

The Cape Cod Times
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

The American Medical Association supported the Affordable Care Act because the bill reflected key priorities set by the AMA's House of Delegates, including expanded health coverage, insurance market reforms, administrative simplifications and initiatives to promote wellness and prevention ("Reforms will chill medical profession," My View, June 8).

The new law makes important progress, but there is more work to be done. The AMA will continue working during the implementation phase of the law to ensure the best outcomes for patients and physicians. With more insured Americans, we must have the physician workforce to treat all patients while also addressing health care costs. Instead of focusing only on reducing costs, our ultimate goal should be to achieve better value for our health care spending.

We agree with Dr. Hoovis that a broad approach to bending the health care cost curve is appropriate, and should include measures such as comprehensive medical liability reform, reducing nonclinical costs and administrative burdens, and a renewed focus on prevention and wellness.

Patients, physicians and lawmakers can work together to make our health care system work for us all.

Cecil B. Wilson, MD
President, American Medical Association