AMA reminds doctors that patients come before profits

  • Article by: ROBERT PEAR , New York Times
  • Updated: December 26, 2012 - 9:04 PM

Association says economic interests of hospitals, which are employing more and more doctors, are secondary.

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bobblumenfelDec. 26, 12 9:41 PM

In today's culture, where medicine has turned from a caring profession into an industry and where doctors have devolved from independent professionals to low-level employees, the AMA has become a bit of an anachronism.

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luzhishenDec. 26, 1211:01 PM

Too bad the AMA went the fee-for-service route in the 1960s...the chain of events leading to this was predictable.

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comment229Dec. 27, 12 5:03 AM

bobblumenfel: "the AMA has become a bit of an anachronism"... you are too kind and generous with this statement. When several layers of "middle men" got involved with the medical profession, the American public were, are, and will be the biggest losers in anything concerning the medical profession.

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roymercerDec. 27, 12 5:59 AM

Since when does the AMA start caring about patients first? This is laughable. The AMA exists to make sure it's physician members' wealth is maximized and that competition is eliminated.

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bobblumenfelDec. 27, 12 8:53 PM

@Roymercer: You may be right, but according to the article, the AMA is more in favor of patients' rights than the medical industry in general. Remember the billing tactics of Accretive Health Inc. this year? No caring about the customers (I refuse to refer to them as "patients" in this context) there.

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