Dear AMA physician colleagues,
Perhaps you might spend a few moments with my “frontline” practice experience recollection below and share it with the AMA board of directors. I do not intend to sound accusatory and angry, however I am alarmed at the continuing destruction of independent individual practice of medicine.
First, the AMA goes along with the insurance industry bullying physicians for decades into forcing physicians to do insurance work all day. Second, the AMA lost the opportunity for any meaningful malpractice tort reform. Third, the AMA failed to prevent mid level providers NPs and PAs from doing physicians dx, tx and rx work. Walgreens Take Care clinics are currently providing full primary care in their pharmacies at the risk of conflict of interest and subjecting patients to risk. Fourth, the AMA supported Obamacare government Medicaid hospital complex takeover of private healthcare(FYI physicians make lousy subservient employees). Fifth, and most recently, Walgreens take care PA/NP clinics now does acute and chronic primary care. This is the last straw. AMA missed the opportunity to intervene in their NP/PA acute illness clinic establishment. Can the AMA please stand up and fight this?
Who’s side is the AMA on anyway? It is most certainly not on the side of the physician or the patient. Perhaps the side of the government or just its own monetary profit? It is more than sad. It is tragic and sickening. It is no wonder that 80%+ physicians are not members of the AMA. Can the AMA, once again, champion the Independent freemarket individual practice of medicine as it did prior to Medicare’s inception in 1965?
Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
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