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AAPS Calls for Congressional Hearings on Health of Immigrants
The recent surge in illegal border crossings, especially by unaccompanied children, could cause a serious public health crisis in the U.S., according to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. There is a high risk of bringing deadly diseases, both familiar like measles and unfamiliar like dengue (“bonebreak”) fever, to a vulnerable population. The proper public health response is to confine the risk and alert authorities and the public. The U.S. government response is apparently to disperse potentially infected people far and wide, and reportedly to threaten to arrest or fire law enforcement or medical personnel who speak out. The... read more
Medicare Data Release Counterproductive, Misleading
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) released the following statement concerning Medicare’s publication of amounts paid to physicians: “Medicare’s release of data on physician payments serves no purpose except to further the federal government’s war on doctors. Doctors are the scapegoats for the program’s bankruptcy. “Most of the high payments are for very expensive drugs for macular degeneration or cancer chemotherapy. Doctors’ earnings are a very small fraction of the amount. “What Medicare does not tell the public is that hospitals are paid much more than physicians for the very same drugs or treatments. This is driving independent... read more
AAPS Supports Dr. Alieta Eck for U.S. House - NJ 12
AAPS Supports Dr. Alieta Eck for U.S. House - NJ 12
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a voice for private medicine since 1943, enthusiastically supports Alieta Eck, MD for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives. This is an opportunity to send a physician with proven answers to Capitol Hill. Dr. Eck has personally implemented real solutions - based in freedom, not coercion - that increase access to medical care, decrease costs, and increase quality. The incumbent Democrat Congressman Rush Holt announced he is NOT going to seek reelection. Holt's departure makes Dr. Eck THE front-runner to be the next Congressman from... read more
Patients Should Avoid “Re-Certified” Physicians
Although he supports board certification, which signifies successful completion of a rigorous training program, board-certified plastic surgeon Kenneth D. Christman, M.D., writes that demands for periodic re-certification or "Maintenance of Certification" are harmful to patients. The very expensive re-certification processes and examinations are doing nothing to improve the quality of patient care, he writes in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Rather, they are enriching the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and their 24 specialty medical boards, and other constituents of this private nongovernmental regulatory industry, which... read more
Are Eligible Patients Forced to Use Medicaid, Asks AAPS
Tucson, AZ. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) sent the following letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an attempt to clarify whether patients enrolled in Medicaid have the right to purchase private care: “Dear Ms. Tavenner: “On behalf of our members and our patients, I am seeking the answers to several questions that have come up with regard to patients being enrolled in Medicaid through the healthcare Exchanges. “First, is it possible for a patient who is enrolled in Medicaid through the Exchange to disenroll? If so, what is... read more
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