Our name says it all - We are thousands of doctors AND patients working together.
Below are the guiding principles of Doctor Patient Medical Association. Our organization will work tirelessly to promote legislation at the state and federal levels that support these principles. In addition, we will provide research and information to both doctors and patients to raise the level or awareness and education on these issues.
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The highest level of trust between patient and medical professionals is necessary for the highest level of care.
Doctors and medical professionals are the frontline defense of patients’ medical privacy.
MEDICAL CARE & PROGRAMS SHOULD BE VOLUNTARY
Participation in government programs or health care plans should be voluntary for both patients and medical professionals.
PATIENT & DOCTOR AUTONOMY
Medical care is best when medical professionals and patients are able to make decisions unfettered by restrictions, mandates, rationing or other interference by health care plans, the government or other third-parties.
Patients’ freedom to directly contract with medical professionals and choose their own method of payment -- independent of health care plans or government programs -- empowers medical professionals to give the best, individualized care to their patients.
OWNERSHIP OF HEALTH CARE
Patients should be free to choose and own their own health care plans instead of forced to accept the choices of their employer or other third-parties.
Patients who choose to pay out-of-pocket or are uninsured should not be discriminated against with higher prices, fewer choices, or refusal of service.
Hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and government-contracted carriers should post prices so that consumers can shop and compare. Local, state and federal governments should post the prices they actually pay for contracted medical services. Hospitals and health care plans should disclose business relationships, potential conflicts-of-interest, and approval/denial policies.
Creates a thriving market for innovation, drives down prices, promotes quality and increases patient choices.
ACCESS TO CARE, NOT “INSURANCE”
We must strive to expand access to care, not expand insurance. Health insurance plans & “coverage” are not the same as providing actual medical care.
Placing responsibility squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of the patients, will encourage individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices. Infusing personal responsibility into health care reform allows us all to maintain our cherished freedom to live our lives without government intrusion.
An active, engaged & educated patient is a better partner to help medical professionals deliver the best, individualized care.
EVERY PATIENT IS DIFFERENT
There is no average patient so care should always be individualized with decisions made by the patient and medical professional for that patient, not from a government or insurance “guideline” or medical “cookbook.”