Physicians have stood on sidelines too long as you have watched your control over the practice of medicine taken over by politicians, insurance companies and regulators – people who have never laid a hand on a sick patient, explained to a sobbing child why she needs a “shot,” or made split-second life-or-death decisions.
They’ve never know what it’s like to have a make a decision whether to “break the rules” or do what’s best for your patient in spite of the rules.
For too long, doctors have been carrying the burden of a scheme that increasingly leaves you out of the decision-making process, and tells you that your first responsibility is to the government or insurance company, rather than your real clients, your patients.
The country is looking for physicians to take the lead in the current debate on health care reform. It’s become clear that big organized medicine isn’t truly representing you and your patients.
There are tens of thousands of doctors who feel the same way you do.
Physicians are beginning to organize against the current health care proposals… and who could blame them. Our autonomy is threatened, and our ability to treat patients will be hindered. Physicians should not be beholden to the government… Physicians need to step up and take the lead in the health care reform debate. We need to protect the doctor-patient relationship… or at least what little is left of it. The future of our health care system, the economic future of our country depends on it, and the continued competitiveness of our small businesses depend on it. Health care reform is necessary… but an agenda this far reaching and this intrusive needs to be debated— the debate needs to be open, inclusive of doctors and patients, transparent and it needs to take place as long as necessary… and not rushed to the floor like Pelosi and Reede are pushing for.