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Monday, February 2, 2009

BUDGET DECISIONS WILL BE TOUGH, LAWMAKERS CAUTION

Speaking to a packed house at TMA’s 2009 Winter Conference, three key legislators said debate over the state’s tight budget will dominate this year’s session of the Texas Legislature. But all three of them expressed strong support for many pieces of Doctor’s Orders, TMA’s aggressive legislative agenda:
  • “What I’ve seen in my 25 years in practice is there are more and more people getting a piece of the health care pie who do not lay a hand on the patient,” said Sen. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville).
  • “To tear that barrier down and say that patient decisions should be made by those who are not in the clinical realm is wrong,” Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton) said, defending Texas’ prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine.
  • Rep. Garnett Coleman (D-Houston) said physicians need to get patients involved in the legislative process. “When someone says that they’ve gotten loving and competent care from a physician and they tell us that, that’s the best advocate you can have,” he said.

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