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Monday, February 21, 2011

TEXAS HEALTH REFORM PACKAGE MUST NOT VIOLATE PATIENT-PHYSICIAN RELATIONSHIP

TMA joined Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senator Nelson at a news conference promoting a pair of bills that would reduce costs in Texas Medicaid and establish statewide health care quality and efficiency standards. As with all comprehensive reform bills of this magnitude, TMA’s position is we will keep what works and fix what’s broken. TMA Board of Trustees Vice Chair Tom Garcia, MD, of Houston said TMA is committed to working with them on efforts to improve care and reduce costs in our health care system, and we support making the system more efficient and care more effective. But, Dr. Garcia added, “For physicians, the patient-physician relationship is the cornerstone of this system. We must ensure that our work here ensures that health care decisions remain between patients and their physicians.”

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