How the MMS Made Headlines in 2017

The media appearances of the MMS president have captured some of the most pressing issues of 2017. Henry Dorkin, MD, FAAP, has been sought after by the media to comment on health care stories of regional and national importance since his presidency began in April. His media presence speaks to the Society’s leadership, expertise, and relevance, which are based in our commitment to advocacy and education.

“This is an attack on the very foundation of access to health care for everyone in this country. Without question, it is the vulnerable among us who will suffer the most.”

— On the decision to cut federal health care subsidies, WBUR, October 13, 2017

“It is now clear that health care for our nation is in dire jeopardy.”

— On the decision to cut federal health care subsidies, Boston Globe, October 13, 2017

“Even [Charles] Lindbergh bounced down the runway a couple of times before he became airborne, and some of these people simply are going to have some relapses on the way to full rehabilitation, and we would not want to incarcerate people at the first sign of a relapse if we’re treating this as a chronic disease.”

— On opioid abuse disorder and the Julie Eldred case, WBUR, September 24, 2017

“When I first heard about [supervised injection facilities (SIFs)], I was skeptical. One of the first things they taught me at [medical school] was to look at the data. When I look at the data [on SIFs], what I see coming out of Vancouver is compelling.”

— On supervised injection facilities, WGBH’s Greater Boston, June 6, 2017

Dr. Dorkin TV Appearance

“Rapid and inexplicable increases in the prices of existing drugs [some of which have been in use for many decades], as well as the extraordinarily high cost of breakthrough drugs, have left those medicines inaccessible for many of our patients, some with life-threatening consequences.”

— On direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising, Fierce Pharma, June 9, 2017

“Immunizations are critically important. They are one of the best, most effective values in terms of health care imaginable.”

— On childhood vaccinations, MetroWest Daily News, September 27, 2017

“In the face of a federal rollback of these important protections, the Massachusetts Medical Society is grateful to our elected officials, who are pursuing innovative approaches toward expanding birth control access for women and families across the state.”

— On the rollback of birth control coverage, MassLive, October 6, 2017

“They’re doing exactly the kind of the thing that is going to help us train more physicians and hopefully have more of them practice here in Massachusetts.”

— On UMass Medical School’s expanded class size and focus on primary care, Worcester Business Journal, September 11, 2017

 

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