It’s votes that count

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Ithink the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions are un­con­scionable. The sus­tain­able growth rate jeop­ar­dizes more than the el­derly. Smaller ru­ral prac­tices will not be able to sur­vive a 21.2% cut and will have to close.

All the talk of health­care re­form will be for naught if there are no providers to de­liver the care. It is time for all physi­cians to take a stand.

I am shocked at the lack of pa­tient knowl­edge on this topic. When we talk to our pa­tients, they have no idea that this cut is loom­ing nor what it could mean to their ac­cess to care. Where is the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion? Lob­by­ing is fine but we need to have the pa­tients (votes) be­hind this—it’s the only thing politi­cians lis­ten to.

Ron Hasel­nus Ch­e­sa­peake Eye Cen­ter

Berlin/Sal­is­bury, Md. ment in a med­i­cal home. Whether that “home” is owned and op­er­ated by an nurse prac­ti­tioner/physi­cian as­sis­tant or physi­cian is not im­por­tant. What is im­por­tant is that the proper tests are done within the frame­work of na­tional guide­lines and that ap­pro­pri­ate care is given and re­fer­rals made when they are in­di­cated.

Do you know why pa­tients love nurse prac­ti­tion­ers and physi­cian as­sis­tants? It’s sim­ply be­cause we speak their lan­guage, take the time to sit down and de­scribe their prob­lems and how to both pre­vent and care for them. We of­fer as­sis­tance in get­ting them med­i­ca­tions by be­ing knowl­edge­able of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies that have spe­cial in­cen­tives and pro­grams for those who can­not af­ford med­i­ca­tions and do not have health in­sur­ance.

Robert M. Blumm Im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent Amer­i­can Col­lege of Clin­i­cians

Nat­ick, Mass. Academy of Fam­ily Physi­cians would op­pose one vi­able op­tion to re­duce the bur­den of chronic ill­ness for fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties by try­ing to limit or re­strict scope of prac­tice—not to men­tion the po­ten­tial sav­ings to the U.S. health­care bud­get.

Re­tail or con­ve­nient-care clin­ics us­ing board-cer­ti­fied nurse prac­ti­tion­ers with mas­ter’s or doc­tor­ate de­grees, ev­i­dence-based guide­lines, and work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with physi­cian col­leagues, of­fer a sound op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify and ini­ti­ate early treat­ment of chronic ill­nesses, such as di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion, while help­ing pa­tients ac­cess a med­i­cal home and on­go­ing physi­cian ser­vices.

For the AAFP to feel threat­ened makes me won­der how we as a coun­try will ever agree to the health re­forms nec­es­sary to pro­vide ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able health­care to all when one group feels en­ti­tled to own or con­trol all health-re­lated is­sues and in­ter­ven­tions. Shame on you.

Karen Ivan­tic-Doucette Fam­ily nurse prac­ti­tioner

Water­ford, Wis.

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