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AMA Works for Health Reform for Patients and Physicians

Participates in White House Rose Garden event today

For immediate release
Oct. 5, 2009

Statement Attributable to:
Rebecca J. Patchin, MD
Board Chair, American Medical Association

 “Our nation has an historic opportunity for health reform this year, and it was an honor to represent the AMA at the White House as President Obama made the case for reform. 

“Physicians see firsthand the problems in our health system, and through health reform we can improve the system so that it works for patients and physicians.  Every American should have affordable, high-quality health coverage that can’t be taken away if you get sick or lose your job.  Without coverage, people don’t get the preventive care that can catch diseases early before they become difficult and costly to treat.

“President Obama spoke to the need to fix the broken Medicare physician payment formula that harms seniors’ access to care.  To preserve the stability and security of Medicare, Congress must repeal the broken Medicare physician payment formula that hurts seniors’ access to care and choice of physician. A recent AARP poll found that nearly 90 percent of people 50 and over are concerned that the current Medicare physician payment formula threatens their access to care.  The AMA urges Congress to repeal the broken Medicare physician payment formula as part of comprehensive health reform this year.

“We appreciate President Obama’s recent action and ongoing recognition of the unnecessary costs of defensive medicine, which is an unfortunate outgrowth of our broken medical liability system.  We look forward to working with the administration on their new initiative to provide state-based grants to test medical liability reform alternatives, and we will continue our work for reform.”

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Contact:
Katherine Hatwell
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7419

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