How Practicing Physicians Would Restore Affordability, Promote Patient Choice, and Retain Quality in Health Care

CLICK HERE for PDF version of plan.

Prepared by the National Physician Coalition for Freedom in Medicine- March 25 & 26, 2015

IMG_4346Practicing physicians want patients to be able to access the highest quality care at the best value.  

  • Empower the patient to preserve the patient-physician relationship, allowing patients to choose their physicians and treatments.
  • Empower the patient to choose to pay directly for medical services without insurance penalties.
  • Encourage individual patient responsibility to reduce overall costs.
  • Empower patients by making competitively priced insurance available for all to purchase as protection against catastrophic loss.
  • Charity should be local and left to the communities and the people. 

To eliminate barriers to compassionate care, we, the practicing physicians of the United States, respectfully submit to Congress the following sound concepts and principles that we are certain will achieve the aforementioned ends;

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Why you want a yearly “physical” from your personal physician.

Why you want a yearly “physical” from your personal physician. 

By Craig M. Wax DO

Yearly health physical exams and review of patient’s history have been a staple of medicine in modern times. Recently, though, it has come under fire in the age of third-party health insurance reimbursement and government intervention in healthcare. When other entities pay for care, others decide on what you get. Everything is viewed by “payers” is an expense and must be “justified.” But, the question remains as to what justification is necessary if both the patient and their physician of choice agrees on a test or procedure.  Ideally, patients should choose their daily lifestyles, caregivers, and options for care using their own individual value systems.

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Let My Doctor Practice

Dear Physician Colleague,

There are many issues these days that confront physicians and American health care. Most doctors we know are fed up and frustrated. But why all the angst? What has pushed us over the edge? Why now? There is a common denominator here: Those of us who are clinicians and in the active practice of medicine feel that we are being told by those outside of medicine how to practice medicine. We are losing physician autonomy. We are told how to use an EMR and what is meaningful in an EMR. Forces are intruding into the doctor-patient relationship by those who are untrained and unlicensed. Finally, health care insurance companies have a monopoly power over us. Continue reading

National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy Washington, D.C. Meeting

Monday, March 23, 2015- Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23

7:30 PM
Physician’s Council Supper- Dutch Treat
Carmines, 425 7th St. NW, Washington DC, 20004
202.737.7770

Tuesday, March 24

8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast in the Office of Congressman Pete Sessions
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
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Send a letter to congress to help Physicians offer Congress credible healthcare alternatives

Fill in the name of your senator or house rep and send today!

Dear Senator/Congressman,

Practicing physicians across the United States have come together to draft a simple one-page plan outlining how we believe the federal government ought to proceed if the citizens of the United States are to continue to have access to the greatest medical care in the world without bankrupting the country. We have named our group the National Physician Coalition for Freedom in Medicine.

With the Supreme Court hearing arguments in the King vs. Burwell challenge to subsidies issued through HealthCare.gov, the pressing need for alternative legislation is apparent. As practicing physicians we offer credible alternatives.

The National Physician Coalition is meeting in Washington DC on March 25th and 26th, and we are respectfully requesting to meet with you to discuss our plan in person at your convenience.

We look forward to working with you and showing you what we have come up with.

Sincerely,

National Physician Coalition for Freedom in Medicine

Family Physician to Replace Senator McCain from AZ?

We are pleased to share this exciting announcement that hit our inbox today!:

I am writing to you today to ask you to support a fellow colleague that is considering a run for the US Senate in Arizona against John McCain. Kelli Ward, D.O., MPH is a family physician that left the full-time practice of family medicine to fight the overreaching arms of government into medicine. Like you, she was dismayed that the “house of medicine” turned on all of us and supported Obamacare and now the ever expanding Maintenance of Certification. Kelli is currently serving her second term in the Arizona Senate where she serve as the Chairman of Education, Vice-Chair of Health and Human Services among other important committees. Continue reading

Patients can recognize quality. That’s what really counts.

Dr. Alieta Eck writes in:

Why do we need a big study on what makes a good physician? The answer is clear to most of us out in the day to day physician world.

A good physician is one who connects with his patients and really cares about them. He makes the patients feel at ease and willing to divulge their most intimate details, since they realize that any detail might be relevant.

A good primary care physician has taken the time to learn the family dynamics that impact the psychological make-up of the patient. He attends the funerals of select patients as he knows this will help the grieving process of the family, and they are also his patients.

A good physician has had good training and keeps up with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic regimens. He has developed a good referral network, so he knows his patients will get the same concentrated attention that he gives. He would never refer to someone he would not entrust with his own family member. A good physician can recognize the qualities in other good physicians.

We do not need tests to measure good physicians. We need continuing education so physicians and keep up and learn what to measure in our patients to detect and monitor illnesses.

If anything has decreased the quality of our care, it has been the theft of our time by government and hospital corporations like the Joint Commission that has added the extra burdens of paperwork and form-filling to our duties as physicians. Or the participation in HMOs that so underpay, we need to have 5 instead of 30 minute visits.

Patients know who the good physicians are and need to be free to choose them. Insurance companies herd patients into provider networks, but many patients see the difference. Recently we have had patients return to us after 10 years, lamenting their experiences with doctors they did not feel we’re paying attention. They are willing to pay cash to see us as they understand value.

I guess that might indicate that my practice has good physicians in it. I am a grandfathered internist, so I have never re-certified and do not intend to participate in MOC. My husband did 3 years of general surgery and 3 years of family medicine residency. He is an excellent physician with a wealth of experience. He refused to participate in the re-certification testing scheme, as it never made sense to him, especially since I was exempt. But after 25 years the credentialing secretary caught up with him and he was dismissed from the hospital staff.

This broke the hearts of many of his long-term patients, but the bureaucrats didn’t care about how his patients felt. Their goal was to proudly state that all their physicians are “board certified,” as if the public really cared.

The “public” simply wants to know that their physician knows how to fix what ails them and will be by their side when they need him. Studies have shown that patients never ask if their doctor participates in MOC. They really do not care one iota.

Patients can recognize quality. That’s what really counts.

Alieta Eck, MD