As past campaign rhetoric morphs into actual policymaking, the Association of American Medical Colleges is hoping its six principles for healthcare reform released two weeks before Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was elected as the 44th president of the U.S. are considered and factored into any legislative equations.
Its more for the new people coming in, says Atul Grover, director of government relations for the organization whose members include 130 medical schools and almost 400 teaching hospitals. He adds that the principles would also be used as an internal tool to evaluate other healthcare reform proposals.
The AAMC principles call for affordable and continuous coverage thats available to all; promotion of wellness and disease prevention as well as palliative care, and quality diagnosis and treatment of illness; sustainable and equitable financing that promotes efficiency and quality; maintenance of existing programs that serve defined populations until they can be replaced by better alternatives; investment in the expansion of the healthcare provider supply; and support for health research and technology development.
Concluding that the current healthcare system is poorly positioned to respond to growing demographic and lifestyle issues that promise to exacerbate healthcare costs and create barriers to access, the Washington-based AAMC says the U.S. faces a crisis of access, cost and quality that needs immediate attention. The AAMC also says that it would be releasing a series of discussion and position papers to aid in improving healthcare delivery, scientific discovery, and the education and training of healthcare professionals.What do you think? Write us with your comments at [email protected]. Please include your name, title and hometown.