MMS Applauds Passage of 'Imperfect' Health Care Bill; Lists Issues that Require Additional Attention

Contact: Richard Gulla
rgulla@mms.org
(781) 434-7101

Waltham, Mass. - March 21, 2010 - The following is a statement attributable to Massachusetts Medical Society President Mario E. Motta, M.D., following the House's passage of health care legislation tonight.

"We are pleased that the House has passed HR 3590. Even though the bill is far from perfect, our country is much better off with the legislation, than without it.

"Thanks to this legislation, 32 million more people will have health insurance, insurance company abuses will forever be prohibited, the deficit will be significantly reduced, primary care will receive extensive financial support, and our state's bold universal coverage program will not only be supported, but enhanced. We thank our congressional delegation for its tireless work in this regard.

"However, our support for HR 3590 remains qualified. There are many issues that require action, because they compromise the ability of patients to get the high quality of care they need and deserve. Most urgently, Congress must immediately implement a permanent reform of the flawed Medicare physician payment formula.

"We stand ready to work with our congressional delegation and with our colleagues in medicine to address those issues in a timely, comprehensive manner."

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 22,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

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