(Washington) "Continued improvement in the health care system to expand coverage and reduce unnecessary costs is imperative," David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), said at today's annual State of the Nation's Health Care briefing. "Such efforts will not succeed in ensuring patient access to high quality medical care if the current assault on the patient-physician relationship continues unabated."
ACP's two-pronged plan
"It simply is unacceptable that the political divisions in Washington have caused a recurring series of wholly unnecessary budget impasses that imperil the health and safety of the American people," said ACP's Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Bob Doherty.
ACP's recommendations to make the health system more effective:
ACP's recommendations to reduce intrusions on the patient-physician relationship:
"System-wide efforts to improve the health care system won't succeed on their own in improving access and quality if the physicians that the system is counting on to deliver are over-hassled, over-stressed, harried, hushed and rushed," noted Dr. Bronson. "ACP views necessary strategic health reform improvements and results not from a partisan or ideological perspective, but from the standpoint of what the evidence tells us will be the most effective course of action."
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