ama opposes single-payer health system
august 12, 2003
reiterating the ama's position on health insurance, ama president donald j. palmisano, md
, today said, "a solution to the problem of the uninsured is desperately needed - but a single-payer health care system is not the answer."
the ama strongly disagrees with an article arguing for a single-payer health care system published in the aug. 13 issue of the journal of the american medical association
), which is editorially independent from the ama, and has long-standing policy opposing a single-payer health care system. a jama editorial accompanying the single-payer opinion piece encourages the exploration and discussion of various new solutions.
in july, ama president-elect john c. nelson, md
, testified on capitol hill regarding the newly introduced health insurance certificate act (h.r. 2698), legislation that would provide subsidies to low and low-middle income families for the purchase of health insurance. to be of value, the health insurance certificate program must ensure that lower-income americans can benefit through affordable premiums. "the ama advocates a solution to the uninsured crisis that builds on the strengths of our current system," said dr. palmisano. "by implementing a single-payer system, the united states would be trading one problem for a whole set of others." some of the single-payer problems dr. palmisano cited include: long waits for health care services; a slowness to adopt new technologies and maintain facilities; and the development of a large bureaucracy that could cause a decline in the authority of patients and their physicians regarding clinical decision-making.
Mar 6, '04
Need it really be pointed out, that MDs as a whole are a reatively wealthy and conservative lot who may not have all the best interests of Americans at heart? We could use a lot less MD thought, and a lot more common sense and decency in the delivery of health care world wide, let alone just within the US.
Last edit by NurseHardee on Mar 6, '04