Health and Wellness

Getting Better Health Care

Dr. Steve Feldman MD

Getting Better Health Care – The Physicians’ Declaration of Independence

The U.S. medical system is characterized by a host of financial arrangements—Medicare, Medicaid, HMO’s and various other forms of insurance—that interlope into the physician-patient relationship.

Dr. Richard Amerling— Director of Outpatient Dialysis at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (an organization founded in 1943 to guard against the intrusion of government into the practice of medicine) believes that these arrangements interfere with physicians’ primary responsibility to their patients.

In this final installment of a 3-part series, Dr. Amerling describes the problems with the regulatory burdens and explains why more bureaucracy is part of the problem, not the solution to our health care problems.