Wednesday, June 22, 2011

AMA Votes Against Patients and Physicians

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently voted to reaffirm its support of compulsory health insurance. A majority of AMA delegates proved oblivious to the fact that whenever and wherever mandatory insurance schemes are implemented they invariably: a) taint doctor patient relationship with high degrees of bureaucratic intrusion and paperwork, b) lead to loss of physician professional autonomy c) erode patient responsibility and choice.

Doctor dissatisfaction in countries such as Germany and even Switzerland, recurrently demonstrated by research studies and surveys is but one symptom of the many ills brought about by mandatory insurance.

As is generally the case for most medical corporate groups seasoned to lobby trade-offs in various parts of the world, AMA representatives end up bowing to power, even if this means betraying the legitimate interests of front-line working doctors and of suffering patients