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InsiderOnline Blog: June 2011

Doctors Are Fighting the Good Fight

Hal Scherz is one of the heroes in the fight against Obamacare. In 2009, the Atlanta urologist founded the group Docs 4 Patient Care in order to educate the public about the threat that Obamacare poses to the private practice of medicine. For his great work, Dr. Scherz was awarded the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship at this year’s Resource Bank. One of the organization’s important projects is to encourage its member doctors to take two minutes at the end of patient visits to educate them about health care policy issues. Scherz said:

Some people were appalled that we would do such a thing. The AMA tried to put us on notice, issuing a statement warning doctors not to use their influence in political matters.

I look at this differently. What is more important to people’s health than to understand how the government wishes to control it? I feel that doctors have an obligation to explain this to patients who don’t understand this and wish to learn. And 99 percent of my patients thank me and hug me and wish that more doctors did this.

If you aren’t familiar with the work of Doctor’s 4 Patient Care, take a moment to read or view his Resource Bank talk, both of which are now available online: “Putting Patients in Harm’s Way: A Doctor’s View of Obamacare,” The Heritage Foundation , June 14, 2011. The presentation of the Salvatori Prize begins at about the 25-minute mark of the video for the Resource Bank opening luncheon. Scherz’s lecture begins at about the 32-minute mark. See also our interview with Scherz following the event: The Doctor Becomes a Teacher, Too: Hal Scherz Wins 2011 Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship,” InsiderOnline.org, April 29, 2011.

Posted on 06/17/11 12:07 PM by Alex Adrianson

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