The ISMA’s 2009 House of Delegates adopted 15 principles important to health care reform. (See Resolution 09-67 on the ISMA Web site.)
A few of those 15 are covered by the recent law. Patient denials on pre-existing conditions will be eliminated, prevention efforts will receive a boost and physician voluntary participation in any health plan and in current private contracting is preserved. An estimated 32 million more will have health insurance and federal investments in technology and quality appear on their way.
Other items on the ISMA list were omitted – like repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and medical liability reform. That makes the final comments of David Rau, M.D., and Ben Park, M.D., in the cover story a key message; physician efforts must continue.
“There is no doubt we need to reform our health delivery system,” said ISMA President Fred Ridge. “My main concern is: The bill did not do enough to address physician’s concerns and control non-physician generated health care costs.”
Your ongoing support as the ISMA works with partners to fulfill all 15 principles is important to the future of medicine in Indiana.