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Achieving a US health care system 'second to none'
Date:1/31/2008

d be like if ACPs proposals are implemented.

It is not enough to study why the United States has a health care system that is behind other industrialized countries, said Robert Doherty, ACPs senior vice president of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy. Today ACP is asking candidates to commit to the following pledge:

A Candidates Pledge to Make the U.S. Health Care System Second to None

I pledge to work toward enactment of legislation to provide Americans with health care that is second to none. To achieve this, I will advocate policies to:

  1. Guarantee by law that everyone has access to affordable health coverage. Coverage should be without regard to their place of employment, place of residence within the United States, or income.

  2. . Provide every person with access to a primary care physician. Create workforce and payment polices to increase the numbers of primary care physicians, recognize the value of primary care, and support care organized through a patient-centered medical home.

  3. Increase public investment in health information technologies (HIT). Provide positive incentives to physicians to overcome the HIT cost barrier.

  4. Reduce administrative expenses. Create a uniform billing system for all health insurance transactions at the point of care. Reform the medical liability system using proven legal reforms.

  5. Increase funding for research. Fund basic and applied medical research, health services research, and independent research on the effectiveness, costs and benefits of different treatments compared to each other.

ACP will send copies of the pledge to all of the announced Democratic and Republican presidential candidates as well as to all members of Congress who are running for re-election. ACP will ask for their endorsement of the pledge.

Although some Americans have access to excellent health care, the fac
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Contact: David Kinsman
dkinsman@acponline.org
202-261-4554
American College of Physicians
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