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Monday, June 7, 2010

AMA MEETING NEEDS DEBATE ON ORGANIZED MEDICINE'S FUTURE

With America’s physicians sharply divided over the American Medical Association’s strategy to support health system reform, the upcoming meeting of the AMA House of Delegates should be a lively one. Two important questions that should be asked:
  • Is AMA standing up for U.S. physicians so the physicians can stand up for their patients? Is it engaging grassroots physicians in the political and legislative process?
  • Is it providing physicians the tools they need to — as TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, says — “survive and thrive in the new health care landscape”?

These are some of the issues I hope delegates address, both on the floor and in the back room discussions, when the AMA house convenes Saturday in Chicago. The debates over AMA policy and the officer elections (PDF) — three candidates are running for AMA president, and eight physicians are seeking four spots on the Board of Trustees — will provide the forum for these discussions. Austin anesthesiologist Joe Annis, MD, an incumbent trustee, is running for reelection on the TMA platform: “Keep what’s good; fix what’s wrong.” Stay tuned. We’ll live blog all the key debates and report the outcomes here and in Texas Medicine. Add your opinions on TMA’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.

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