TMA President Austin King, MD, announced the registry of private physicians willing to see patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system in a letter to the director of every VA hospital, clinic, and veterans center in the state.
"As the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system works to overcome the recently documented access-to-care problems, I am writing to tell you that the physicians of Texas are here to help you and the veterans you serve," Dr. King wrote. Already, more than 200 TMA-member physicians have signed up for the association's registry.
The action came after the American Medical Association House of Delegates, at the urging of Texas physicians, voted overwhelmingly to ask President Barack Obama to provide timely access to entitled care for eligible veterans through the health care sector outside the VA system until VA can provide care in a timely fashion. AMA immediately fired off a letter calling on the president to "take immediate action" to clear the way for private-sector physicians to help reduce the VA backlog.
If you haven't signed up for the registry, please go to the TMA website and check the "I am willing to serve veterans" box.
Action, July 1, 2014