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Local Medical Association Opposes Two State Propositions
Date:5/5/2009

CA Prop. D and E Seen as Destructive to Existing Health Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The San Francisco Medical Society's board of directors has voted unanimously to urge defeat of state propositions D and E, which will appear on the Special Election ballot of May 19. Both propositions would divert funds from existing programs, previously established by state voters, which are successfully helping children and the mentally ill.

"We certainly understand that there is a state budget crisis, and some of the other proposed propositions may help with that, but as physicians we are opposed to 'Robbing Peter to pay Paul' in this respect," says SFMS President Charles Wibbelsman, MD, a pediatrician. "When things get tough financially, the most vulnerable are often the first to be targeted, and we oppose that -- especially when the programs in question have been working so well."

The SFMS is a 141-year-old association of physicians of all specialties, which advocates for patients and public health. To learn more about the SFMS, visit www.sfms.org.

Contact Amanda Denz, SFMS Communications Director, for more information or to set up interviews with physicians, (415) 561-0850 x261 or adenz@sfms.org.


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