Ten national doctors organizations formed a coalition to lend their collective voice to the call for universal healthcare coverage. Officials said unity among physician groups is intended to help provide the impetus for bipartisan congressional action. The coalition described broad principles for reform, saying proposals should involve a shared public-private effort to provide catastrophic coverage to all Americans; a financing mechanism to allow individuals and employers to buy additional insurance beyond catastrophic coverage; and streamlined administrative systems. The coalition includes the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians, which will announce its own healthcare reform plan later this month. -- by Michael Romano
Doctors groups call for health reform
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