TMA: Reform Must Provide Patient Access While Protecting Freedoms

For Immediate Release 
June 17, 2009 

Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382 
cell: (512) 413-6807  

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381 
cell: (512) 656-7320  

In response to today’s American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates debate on health system reform and President Obama’s address to the house Monday, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) issues the following joint statement from TMA President William H. Fleming III, MD; Nancy W. Dickey, MD, chair of the TMA Health System Reform Task Force; and Susan Rudd Bailey, MD, chair of the Texas Delegation to the AMA:  

 “On behalf of our patients, the physicians of Texas are enthusiastic about the opportunity to address the problems of our current health care system. As we weigh the alternatives under consideration, we remain committed to promoting universal access to care for our patients in a manner consistent with the highest principles of pluralism, freedom of choice, and freedom of practice.”

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 44,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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