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Proposed resolutions for consideration by the American College of Physicians at the Board of Governors Meeting, April, 2006, Philadelphia
Please review the two resolutions and then indicate your support or opposition by emailing your feedback directly to Sara L. Wallach, MD, FACP, Governor, ACP New Jersey Chapter at email@example.com by January 30th, 2006. Your comments will help lend a voice to these resolutions at the Spring Board of Governors Meeting.
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1. Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
Whereas the American College of Physicians supported the proposal for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage even though it was felt to have many faults because it was considered to be the best plan that Congress would pass and the president would sign.
The plan as it exists offers almost no help to Medicare Beneficiaries because it is cumbersome, confusing and relies on too many private providers.
Even the most educated elderly, including physicians themselves, are having difficulty understanding the plan, selecting a provider or deciding whether to continue their old coverage or switch to the Medicare Plan.
It is the desire and goal of the American College of Physicians to help patients receive the best possible medical care.
A large number of the patients cared for by Internists (Doctors for Adults) are Medicare Recipients.
Be it resolved the Board of Governors and Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians withdraw their approval and support of the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Plan and urge the Congress to formulate a simpler, more inclusive, less confusing and more meaningful plan to benefit as many Medicare Recipients as possible .
Be it further resolved that the ACP include in its recommendations that any plan developed includes the ability of the Government to negotiate prices with the pharmaceutical industry.
2. Concierge Medicine
Whereas specialists in Internal Medicine have been trained to care for people and not just specific diseases or problems.
The proper care of people is felt by many to require longer and more intensive visits than can be adequately compensated by current insurance programs
One approach to the provision of this kind of care has been the provision of Concierge Medicine which has been felt by some to be very appropriate and by others to be unethical because it provides "class" medicine.
The Board of Governors requests the Ethics Committee of the American College of Physicians to do a thorough study of the various types of Concierge Care and provide guidelines to members of the American College of Physicians for their participation in or rejection of Concierge Practices.