Skip to comments.Utah doctors weigh in on health care debate
Posted on 03/17/2010 7:38:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog
A group of Utah health care providers has teamed up to support federal reform plans, while other doctors say Obama's plan won't work.
On Wednesday, a group calling themselves "Utah White Coats" gathered at the Salt Lake Jewish Community Center near the U of U to urge Utah's U.S. representatives to pass comprehensive healthcare reform.
Dr. Claudia Fruin, a Bountiful pediatrician said, There's a lot of gaps in coverage for children, families, teenagers, young adults, that to me is just unacceptable.
The group gathered more than 500 online signatures from doctors and other health care providers including Nobel prize-winning geneticist and U of U medical researcher Mario Capecchi, calling on Congressman Jim Matheson to support the congressional health reform bills.
Jessica Kendrick, Community Engagement Director for the Utah Health Policy Project that organized the petition drive said the group believes comprehensive health care reform is long overdue.
ABC 4 News also contacted Dr. Paul Harrison, a Sandy Dermatologist who opposes the Obama health care reform package now at the center of a heated national political debate. Harrison says the 550-pus doctors and health care professionals who signed up to petition Utah congressional delegation to support the Obama plan do not represent a majority among Utah doctors. Harrison says there are between 5,000 to 8,000 medical doctors practicing in Utah, and 550 represents approximately 10 percent of that group.
ABC 4 contacted the Utah Medical Association, and Mark Fotheringham, UMA Vice President of Communications said there are anywhere between 4,500 to 5,500 practicing physicians in the state of Utah.
Harrison is a member of The Coalition to Protect Patients Rights and he says most of his colleagues believe the Obama plan fails to address the real causes of the high price of health care.
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Always remember that in the 1700’s about 1/3 of the population were Loyalists, 1/3 didn’t care and 1/3 supported the American Revolution.
Any federal version of health care is irrelevant since it will be unconstitutional on its face! Article 1 section 8 does not specifically grant Congress the power to regulate health care! The people are not bound to comply with any unconstitutional act of Congress! This is the point people need to hammer home with their Congress critters!
The fact that the geneticist is a “Nobel-prize holder” does not impress me. Look at the pond scum they have been giving these out to: Zero, AlBore...
I fear for the future of our country as they are taking us into the abyss.
the Utah “white coats” and Obowma’s brown shirts are one and the same..
Academic physicians (those who work for a university) don’t understand the system very well. They get paid mostly not to see patients, but to teach and do research. They get paid a salary and have only a few clinics a week. They live in an ivory tower as professors do. Those physicians on the front lines i.e. private practitioners who solely make their living seeing patients hate this bill because the free market will die and the value of the visit won’t sustain their practices. This is how universal healthcare will cause shortages. Every physician will end up working for some large institution and do as little as possible....
They need the men in white coats.
Well that is a nice theory but absolutely pointless in practice.
Fine if you dont sign up for government health care and dont get a private policy they may or may not fine you or put you in jail.
But the system will go on with out you. Our economy will be devastated, doctors will quit, health care will be rationed, and death panels will decide who will live and who will die with out your participation.
I am sorry to say our congress critters stopped worrying about the constraints of the constitution long ago. Having a few disgruntled patriots get in their face about it is not going to dissuade them from passing this bill. They fear Nancy Pelosi far more than they do us.
Now if you could get a few million like minded individuals to join you might have something.
“Academic physicians (those who work for a university) dont understand the system very well. They get paid mostly not to see patients, but to teach and do research. They get paid a salary and have only a few clinics a week. They live in an ivory tower as professors do. “
Your characterization of university medical centers is complete baloney. I guess this is what you’ve picked up from watching TV medical shows written by liberals. All of the university physicians I know having been freaking out the past year.
As well they should. While they might not be initial casualties of "health care reform", sooner or later, under this monstrosity, teaching hospitals, and university medical centers will be folding, right and left...