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Monday, June 30, 2014

VA REGISTRY: "I WOULD PASSIONATELY APPEAL TO MY PHYSICIAN FRIENDS. WE NEED TO JOIN."

More than 250 TMA-member physicians have signed up for our registry of private-sector doctors willing to see patients from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) in the ongoing crisis. Baytown surgeon Monira Hamid-Kundi, MD, is one of them. In this TMA video, Dr. Hamid-Kundi shares her frustration with caring for veterans in the emergency department. She and TMA President Austin King, MD, appeal to Texas physicians to enlist in the registry, despite VA’s long history of slow payment and low payment. “You have to pay back some people who have dedicated themselves to, at times, risking their very life for the lifestyles we have today,” Dr. King said. Neither TMA nor the American Medical Association has heard back yet from President Obama on our request that he “take immediate action” to provide timely access to care for veterans through the health care sector outside the VA system.

 

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