Larry Wickless, D.O., an internist and gastroenterologist of Farmington Hills, Mich., was named president of the American Osteopathic Association Saturday during the organization's annual business meeting in Chicago, and talked about specific changes that were coming for D.O.s and to the healthcare system in general.
"We need to view change as the key to our survival as an organization," said Wickless, who will become the 113th president of the AOA.
Wickless also noted that the AOA supports universal coverage, but does not believe in a single-payer approach to meet this goal. He said the AOA has not taken a formal position on a public plan option, but looks forward "to evaluating proposals as they are developed."
Wickless added that the AOA supports proposals that prohibit insurance companies for excluding coverage for pre-existing conditions and opposes practices that allow for differential pricing based on race, gender or other patient demographic criteria.