It is time to listen and act on the message of myriads of young student physicians who will be the caregivers for future generations. In the midst of the revived health care revolution (Sen. Bernie Sanders), organized medicine still does not feel responsible and accountable to the American people for its inaction.
The American Medical Association continues to deny tomorrow’s upcoming physicians a significant voice in determining the nature of health care the nation begs to have. Medical students are currently pressuring the AMA to be responsive to the needs of the nation’s uninsured and under-insured. It is time the AMA end its decades-long opposition to a single-payer health insurance program known as Improved Medicare for All.
The current system, dominated by private insurance companies and overpriced prescription drugs, has for years been spearheaded by the AMA, despite its current dwindling membership. The AMA fails to recognize that health care providers would have more autonomy by not having clinical decisions second-guessed by insurance companies. Patients would have unimpeded access and free choice of hospitals, and providers would compete based on quality of care. Removal of wasted administrative time on paperwork and billing would allow for more patient care.
Richard A. Damon,