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New Jersey Physicians Launch New, Statewide Association to Fight for Stronger Voice in Healthcare
Date:9/12/2007

TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders of the medical community today announced the formation of a new, statewide physicians' association to address increasing concerns that the quality of medical care in New Jersey, and the future of the practice of medicine, are in jeopardy.

The organization, called NJ PHYSICIANS, (http://www.njphysicians.com) was created to provide a strong, unified voice for the state's 25,000 practicing doctors and to help physicians reclaim their place at the forefront of medicine.

NJ PHYSICIANS plans to work closely with business, labor, industry, community leaders, policy-makers, and other physician and healthcare organizations to find better and more efficient ways to assure access to quality care in New Jersey.

Ronald A. White, M.D., J.D., president of the newly formed association, said all doctors have a duty to advocate for their profession and their patients.

"The voice of NJ PHYSICIANS will be a voice demanding that decisions affecting the healthcare of New Jersey's patients are guided by the extraordinary expertise, experience and dedication of those most responsible for providing patient care - our doctors," said Dr. White, who is also chief of surgery at Bergen Regional Medical Center. "It is our hope that this voice will begin a new and better chapter for healthcare in New Jersey."

Among the top priorities for NJ PHYSICIANS will be ending the interference by managed care companies in patient care decisions.

"Policies that interfere with physicians' sound medical judgment are unacceptable," said Dr. White. "Refusals by managed care companies to approve sound physicians' recommendations can compromise patient health, cause serious injury and even death."

As part of this effort, NJ PHYSICIANS is creating a registry for members to compile cases of patient injury resulting from managed care's denial of physician recommendations for care, diagnosis or treatment. The association believes the registry will provide strong evidence that medical decision- making must be left to physicians and their patients, based upon sound medical judgment.

Concerned about the skyrocketing cost of malpractice insurance, NJ PHYSICIANS will also work with the state's major malpractice insurers to develop and provide risk prevention programs that will result in reductions in medical liability insurance costs. Several insurance companies have already made commitments to work with the association to offer such programs.


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