AMA meets with Colorado doctors to push for reform

The American Medical Association supports the federal health care reform bill, House Bill 3200, but it acknowledges that there is still work to be done.

“As physicians, we all want to make sure we are caring for patients,” said Dr. James Rohack, president of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. “We want to make sure the physician-patient relationship won’t be interfered with by government bureaucrats or insurance bureaucrats.”

Making sure that costs are curbed while maintaining access also is a major concern to the AMA – and the doctor advocacy group feels that the House bill addresses those concerns.

“We can’t put it off much longer,” Rohack said. “In three years, baby boomers reach the age of 65, eligible for Medicare. And this country has a disease profile that is going to cost money – obesity is rampant. And if you’re obese, you get diabetes, and one of the things diabetes causes is end-stage kidney failure. And the only thing that makes you eligible for Medicare before the age of 65 is end-stage kidney failure. We have to do something and we need to do it now.”

The AMA was in Colorado Springs yesterday to meet with doctors about issues that plague their practices. About 25 physicians attended the meeting at the Julie Penrose Research and Education Center in the Northcare Medical Center.

Rohack said the association is holding similar meetings around the country – some in person, some via teleconference.

Read next week’s CSBJ to find out more about the AMA’s visit.