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SCAI Opposes U.S. House of Representatives Health Reform Bill in Current Form
Date:7/28/2009

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We are concerned that this bill in its current form fails to address both the short- and long-term issues with the health care system. SCAI is strongly supportive of health reform legislation that allows all patients to have access to the most contemporary cardiovascular therapies, where the doctor and patient can work together to determine a most appropriate treatment plan and doctors can deliver the best possible outcomes for patients depending on their individual goals and lifestyles.

SCAI believes comparative effectiveness research is an important component of health care reform but warns against substituting a system that could evolve into one that evaluates treatment options on costs for one that rewards quality of care. To the contrary, SCAI supports a care model that allows doctors to individualize care to optimally meet each patient's unique medical needs.

SCAI supports health care reform and access for all Americans but is concerned that major advances in cardiovascular care will be hindered by the current approach to reform.

SCAI's letter to Congress provides additional detail on the Society's position and is available at http://www.scai.org/pdf/2009July23HealthCareReform.pdf

About SCAI

The mission of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's patient and physician education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, vis
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