Government policies affect virtually every aspect of the practice of medicine, making political advocacy one of the most important activities our medical associations engage in on behalf of physicians and patients. Government policies affect how physicians staff and equip medical offices, how they bill for services, how much physicians get paid for services, the cost of professional liability insurance, the manner in which health plans treat patients and physicians, the availability of health care resources in our community, and the affordability of health care insurance, just to name a few.
As a physician, you are in a unique position to offer advice to lawmakers about specific legislation affecting the medical profession. You can also help increase patient access to the important services that physicians provide. It is not only the right thing to do, so that your patients’ interests are best served, but it is also good for the stability of the medical profession.