AAPS Immediate-Past President Alieta Eck, MD, attended the Benjamin Rush Society debate in Philadelphia on April 20, 2013 on Maintenance of Certification and compiled the following summary:
This debate laid out the case that ending counterproductive Maintenance Of Certification is a worthy goal for the medical profession.
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By: Alieta Eck MD,
Imagine the amazement of an Ecuadorian Auca Indian on his first visit to a modern American grocery store. He described the wonder of walking down the aisles, filling his cart with his colorful choices. Once his purchases were scanned, his American host handed him a plastic card which he was instructed to give to the young lady at the register. Not only did the card allow him to take all the groceries “for free,” but the clerk gave the credit card back to him! This visit to the store cost him absolutely nothing. America is a wonderful place!
A message from Dr. Alieta Eck--
I spent an hour listening to an expert from NYC address our medical staff this week. The physicians were subdued as this man explained why our hospital needs to join one of the six hospital conglomerates in NJ.
I heard words like market share, economies of scale, leverage, competition, and survival. He and our hospital CEO talked about "high quality care," but did not define the term. NEVER in the entire discussion was "patient" mentioned. The expert even told us that medicine has now become commoditized and we have to get used to it.
Dr. Eck begins her presentation at the 2012 AAPS meeting with a video revisiting the famous "debate" between JFK and Edward Annis, MD before the passage of Medicare. Following, she reviews the bad policies that have failed patients and physicians and provides real solutions, including the The Volunteer Medical Professional Health Care Act.
http://www.my9tv.com/video?clipId=7464294&autostart=true Click on the link to the WOR-TV program that aired on July 1st.
I am not the typical doctor in many respects. A major example is that I no longer work in clinical practice. Several years ago I transitioned into consulting- so now I work in the business aspect of medicine. This has been quite an eye opening (and often mind boggling) experience.
Recently, I learned of AAPS and attended a local conference in New Jersey. I was introduced to Dr Alieta Eck and the Zarephath Health Center- and absolutely fell in love with the concept. I’ve always believed that the more government gets involved in an activity, the more inefficient that activity becomes. Dr Eck is, rightfully, proud to report that the per-patient cost to provide care is much lower at Zarephath than at a neighboring Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Tapping into my inner finance nerd, I wanted to learn more.
The New Jersey Assembly is considering a bill that will destroy private medicine by encouraging price-fixing by health insurance companies. It will allow them to dictate fees for out-of-network physicians. It will even prohibit insured patients from paying out-of-pocket for quality care.
AAPS Member Jeffrey Liegner, MD is opening a non-taxpayer funded charity clinic in Newton, NJ. It was featured in the NJ Herals on Sunday June, 10, 2012.