Open letter to patients, physicians and lawmakers from Sharon S. Jellinek M.D.,
This is the first letter I have ever written to a political figure and I pray that someone on your staff will bring this letter to your attention.
I have been a physician for close to 30 years. I am a second-generation pediatrician struggling to keep an independent solo practice alive. Not one politician has addressed what I feel is the major threat to health care…the physician-patient relationship. Without this, there is no quality of care no matter what you do. Physician patient relationships require time with the patient. Most of my diagnosis is derived from my patient-parent interview and a “hands on exam” of the child. You cannot possibly read a cookbook of medical questions and treatments and have the same result. The current insurance treadmill model of primary care makes this impossible. There is a hemorrhaging exodus of well-trained physicians unwilling to jeopardize this patient relationship. Continue reading →
Your AOA dues are hard at work promoting the Interstate Medical License Compact. This will mean mandatory certification for all new graduates before obtaining a license. And the claim that OCC isn’t required for licensure through the Compact is pure smokescreen. Does the AOA underestimate the intelligence of its members? Or perhaps AOA staff overestimates their own?
Is OCC required for licensure through the Compact? “The answer to this question is ‘no,'” states the Commission. Yet a few sentences later they explain, “a physician must demonstrate current certification to be eligible for licensure via the Compact.”
Except for “grandfathers,” osteopathic physicians must pay in time and dollars for OCC compliance if they want to maintain their certification. OCC IS required for Compact participation. Q.E.D. Continue reading →