Where does your Doc stand on the current Health Care Reform debate?


Dear Editor, Patients should ask their physicians where they fall in on the issue of health care reform.

The American Medical Association, representing less than 20 percent of all practicing physicians in the U. S., have publicly supported the present House and Senate health care bills.

However, there are many more physicians who believe that while we still need to work for health care reform that improves access, affordability and quality, the final decision making of health care should rest between patients and their trusted physician with a minimum of governmental interference.

Unarguably at this time, most polls show that a majority of Americans are not in favor of the present version of the “public option” government overhaul of our present health care system. In fact, the prestigious Mayo Clinic has said that, “the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States”. Shockingly, it appears that many of our elected officials are still intent on delivering their version of health care reform whether the majority of Americans want it or not! I am hopeful that physicians and their patients who believe in preserving the existing patient physician covenant, will continue to work toward improving our present imperfect system, advocating for meaningful health care reform without the need for a government takeover which if performed, would be detrimental to a majority of Americans now and in the future.

Sincerely, Paul Ehrmann, D. O., Royal Oak.


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