Health News Florida, August 12, 2010

The Florida Medical Association, undergoing an apparent identity crisis, is gathering in Orlando for a debate on whether to break off from the American Medical Association. Unlike past years, the sessions will be closed to the press. A resolution by Fort Myers plastic surgeon Douglas Stevens calls for the break because of the AMA’s support of the new federal health law. It will be considered by the House of Delegates at the annual meeting, which begins Friday. His resolution says the law amounts to “a severe intrusion in the patient-physician relationship and allows government control over essentially all aspects of medical care.” Another of the nine “whereas” clauses complains that the law erodes doctors’ independence and will “relegate physicians to the role of government employees …and essentially end the profession of medicine as we know it.”



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