AAPS Member, Tom Price, MD, Congressman from GA, says that the President insulted doctors during his news conference last night.
BELOW IS DR. PRICE’S STATEMENT.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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July 23, 2009
President Obama Insults Medical Practitioners
Washington, D.C. – Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA), who practiced medicine for over twenty years, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s implication that doctors may be more interested in money than in helping patients.
“It’s obvious President Obama has absolutely no idea what motivates someone to enter the field of medicine,” said Chairman Price. “Medicine is about service and helping one’s fellow man. By insinuating that doctors make treatment decisions based on how much they will be paid, the President displays an astounding disregard for that service and insults every single medical practitioner.
“The only possible explanation for such a comment is his failure to understand the root problems and challenges of our health care system. If the President is sincerely interested in reducing unnecessary procedures, he should speak to his friends in the trial bar about medical malpractice reform. Instead, the President would rather attack those who are responsible for providing the highest quality healthcare in the world.”
NOTE: During his press conference last night, the President said, “So if they’re looking and you come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.’”