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    Physicians: Your fate lies in the hands of one of your own

    In a conference room in the U.S. Capitol, 13 members of the U.S. Senate are working on changing the way physicians will practice medicine and patients will receive care for years to come.

     

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    At least, that’s what we think is happening in the room since there don’t seem to be a lot of details being made public or other participants in the proceedings — like fellow senators, or policy experts, or medical associations, or physicians. 

    After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in May, the bill went to the Senate, whose leaders promptly said they would change a large portion of the legislation to make it palatable to members of that body. So began the Senate’s work on its new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

    Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, recently talked to reporters about what’s happening behind closed doors with his colleagues:

    “There are no experts. There’s no actuarials,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “… Typically, in a hearing, you’d have people coming in and you’d also have the media opining about if a hearing took place, and ‘X’ came in and made comments.”

    This is the same panel that came under fire recently because its 13 members are all male. There is no female representation in the room for a group looking at issues like reproductive rights and coverage for abortion.

     

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    For physicians, there is a small glimmer of hope. One of the 13 is John Barrasso, MD, a Wyoming orthopedic surgeon familiar with private practice, according to his Senate biography. His last medical post was as chief of staff for the hospital-based Wyoming Medical Center and its clinics throughout the state until 2005. He was also president of the Wyoming Medical Society and previously named Wyoming’s “Physician of the Year.” 

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    • Anonymous
      Let me ask you a question relating to the demand for more physicians. Do you think that if every medical student today in every medical school were provided with a digital education in business and marketing while in medical school, that there would be a dramatic increase in physicians staying in practice, more American male students applying to medical school, and have far more physicians able to prevent private practice financial failure? It's not very hard to accomplish. Read the book, THE WOUNDED PHYSICIAN PROJECT.

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