Doctors Call for Health Reform


Uploaded by whitehouse on 05.10.2009

Transcript:
Nathan Bahr, M.D.: We became doctors so we could heal patients, so we could work
with our patients, and not so we could spend time haggling over
treatments we know are necessary.
Susan Wilder, M.D.: We cannot afford the status quo.
We are at a point where I am seeing Third World things in my practice.
Andrew Loehrer, M.D.: Seeing my patients every day walk in with poor health, poor
access to healthcare, and having my hands tied by insurance
companies that are unwilling to pay is utterly unacceptable for
me as a physician who's charged with caring for my patients and
for my community.
Zaneb Beams, M.D.: I'm out there in the trenches every day with my patients
watching them not be able to get medicines that could cure simple
infections, not being able to get access to specialists that
could solve problems without kids having to go to the ER and
incur huge costs to themselves, their families and society.
I know the system is broken, I know we got to fix it, and I
know we can't wait.
Robert Walter, M.D.: The system is pretty broken where I am, it's mostly
suburban, a little bit of urban in inner city Wilmington, but
especially the last few years and a lot of people getting laid
off and kind of getting in-between jobs, the parents,
and they can't qualify for Medicaid, and they are kind of
stuck in the middle.
Nancy Babbitt, M.D.: And the biggest obstruction that I see is patients not
coming to get care, because they can't afford it.
So I want all people to have healthcare coverage.
Richard Evans, M.D.: For those who are naysayers and want to delay this for
another 20 years, and then we'll be talking about the same thing
all over again, about how much it costs in 20 years, should
look back to what happened with Medicare, the number of people
who didn't want that, and that has been a successful program.
And we have to stop and move on and go ahead and pass this, get it done.
Paul Davis, M.D.: We have so many patients that fall through the cracks, it's
unconscionable in my mind that you can have a society that
permits its own citizens to suffer the way our country
allows its citizens to suffer under the healthcare crisis.
Jason Schneider, M.D.: I believe in an America where people shouldn't have to decide
between paying rent, putting food on the table and paying for
their medications or doctors' visits.
So it's time we get this done.
Arezo Fathie, M.D.: The system is so broken that it's tragic.
Patients who need chemotherapy can't afford to get it, because
they get it when they are out of a job and now they've lost their insurance.
Is that right?
Is it fair?
Is that degree of human suffering really what we expect
to have in the United States of America in 2009 or 2010 almost
when this country should be the most advanced country in the world?
We really, really need change.
Elaine Bradshaw, M.D.: I think doctors, patients, most of our congress finally
recognize that it needs to happen, and it's been a long
time to get everybody to realize that.
I think a lot of physicians have known it, and a fair number of
patients have known it, but not enough to get the momentum to
get things to change.
Mona Mangat, M.D.: We're at an incredible moment in history where so many people
have come together in support of reform.
Just of my physician colleagues, over half a million people are
supporting reform, physicians.
So this is the right time for it.
It's inevitable.
Persharon Dixon, M.D.: We are at a point where we have to decide, do we care about
our brothers and sisters, do we care about the other people
around us, and are we a country that thinks that everyone
deserves to have the right kind of care?