AMA to New York Times: Who Should Provide Our Medical Care?
Dec. 23, 2012 (published)
New York Times
Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
As millions obtain health insurance and can gain access to continuing health care, the American Medical Association supports physician-led health care teams that ensure that health care professionals work together to meet the surge in demand (“When the Doctor Is Not Needed,” editorial, Dec. 16).
According to a recent AMA survey, 86 percent of respondents said patients benefit when a physician leads the primary care team.
Physicians and health care professionals have long worked together to meet patient needs for a reason: patients win when each team member plays the role for which he is educated and trained. Nurses are an important part of this team, but to devalue the central role that physicians play in patient care disregards the rich tradition of physician service.
The AMA is working to ensure sustainable physician practices that result in better health outcomes for patients, and having more physician-led health care teams will help us achieve these goals.
Ardis D. Hoven, MD
President-elect, American Medical Association