Robert McLean, MD attends annual AMA meeting in Chicago
Robert McLean, MD, NEMG medical director, clinical quality
NEMG physician Robert McLean, MD attended the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting in Chicago as a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP) delegation. “The AMA has become a much more progressive, representative body than it was years ago,” he said. “While some may wonder what impact AMA policies have, the AMA is the largest physician organization in the country and still plays an extensive role in informing and influencing the opinions of legislators and policymakers at both the federal and state levels."
Reflecting on the meeting, he added, "It was remarkable to see the increased involvement of younger physicians. There was a tremendously broad discussion of issues that relate to the health of our patients and societal issues around the delivery of healthcare and its regulation. Many resolutions were related to pushing back on practices that insurers use to interfere with efficient delivery of healthcare and prevent patients from getting access to affordable healthcare and affordable medications. As well, policies were debated around multiple aspects of patient care: screening for social determinants of care; issues around different types of cancer screening; physician involvement in end-of-life care; and the public health crisis of gun-related violence. The AMA took even stronger positions around gun violence and gun control than it had in the past. Around other societal issues, the House of Delegates also voted to study the implications of changing the AMA's current stance to absolutely oppose any single-payer types of health reform."
Overall, the AMA is a very different organization than it was just several years ago, and that will hopefully help many physician colleagues realize that membership is important to help its voice be even stronger in advocating for our patients and for improvements in our ability to deliver healthcare."