Internists Say Court Decision to Uphold Title X Changes Will Harm Patient-Physician Relationship

Statement attributable to:
Robert McLean, MD, MACP
President, American College of Physicians

Washington, DC (February 26, 2020) — The American College of Physicians (ACP) is disappointed in the federal appeals court decision to allow the Trump administration’s restrictions on the Title X program to go into effect.  The changes will interfere in the patient-physician relationship, restricting the counsel that physicians can provide to their patients.

Restricting the program will jeopardize access to health care for vulnerable, often working, low-income patients who may have limited to no access to health insurance.  They rely on the clinics who depend on Title X funding to provide preventive care and contraceptive services.

ACP opposes any restrictions that interfere with the patient-physician relationship. We will continue to fight against this or any other regulations that would prevent the physician from using sound medical judgement to counsel patients.


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