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AMA Announces Support for Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act

Nation’s largest physician organization says patients deserve to know who is providing their care

For immediate release:
May 13, 2010

CHICAGO – Today, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its support for the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act (H.R. 5295). The bill, introduced by Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) and Rep. David Scott (D-GA), will ensure all health care professionals fully and accurately inform patients of their qualifications and training.

“Patients deserve to know who is providing their care and the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act will help empower them with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision about who delivers their medical care,” said AMA President J. James Rohack, MD.

This bill will also help alleviate patient confusion over who is a medical doctor (MD/DO) and who is not. A nationwide survey conducted in 2008 found that there is increasing patient confusion about the many types of health care providers patients see during a medical visit – including physicians, technicians, nurses, physician assistants and other allied providers.  More than 90 percent of those surveyed said they want accurate information about who is providing their care.

 “Many patients believe they are seeing a medical doctor when they are not, and research overwhelmingly shows that they want to know if their health care provider is a physician, a nurse, a technician or another medical professional,” said Dr. Rohack. “Patients are demanding truth and transparency in the delivery of health care, and they deserve nothing less.”

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Media Contact:
Lisa Lecas
American Medical Association
312-464-5980
lisa.lecas@ama-assn.org

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