Why AAPS? Message from AAPS President Lee Hieb, M.D.
Sep 26, 2011
AAPS was founded in 1943 to guard against the intrusion of government into the practice of medicine. It is the basic principle of our organization that medicine is a sacred relationship between a physician and a patient—not a relationship between a physician, a government bureaucrat and a patient. We believe in the Hippocratic Oath, and that our duty is to the individual, not the collective, society, or the state.
I used to belong to a number of medical societies. One day I realized that the prime goal of my specialty society was to maintain my specialty’s government reimbursements. And, they do this by using my dues to send a representative to fight against the representatives of other specialty societies whose members have funded them through their dues! That is ultimately an absurd use of my hard earned income. So I only belong to AAPS which, for over 60 years, has stood on the principles I believe in—individual liberty, personal responsibility and the type of limited government that consistutionally has no authority to involve itself in the practice of medicine.
When you join AAPS your dues go directly into the fight for freedom and ethics in medicine. Our board members pay their own way to meetings. We have a small staff, our members volunteer their time, and we do not engage with the government in selling products to make our overhead.
Over the years, we have taken on the Clinton Health plan, which we halted by demanding open meetings. We successfully halted the abuses by the Texas Medical Board, we have stood beside doctors who have been attacked by sham peer review or Medicare auditors, and we are the only medical organization to sue the government over the current health care bill.
As my son now enters into training for the next generation of physicians, I can think of nothing more I can do for him and his peers than to belong to AAPS and to fight to restore and preserve the private practice of medicine. Come join us.
Lee D. Hieb, MD
Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery
Lake City, Iowa
President, AAPS 2010-2011
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