The election on November 2 is your opportunity as a physician and citizen to impact the makeup of our state and national legislatures. The Allegheny County Medical Society urges you to use your right, privilege and obligation to affect decisions that will impact you, your practice and your patients by voting in this election.
To assist you in the decision-making process, the Bulletin is pleased to present the results of its Election 2010 Survey, sent to incumbents and candidates for both state and federal offices. All of the responses received appear on pages 372 to 381; some of the candidates surveyed did not respond. The survey asked the following questions:
- Despite a number of significant improvements in Pennsylvania’s liability laws and court rules, Pennsylvania remains one of the more expensive states in terms of professional liability premiums. What could be done to improve that ranking?
- Pennsylvania is facing significant shortages of physicians in the next decade, particularly adult primary care physicians. What should government do to address this problem?
- What are the most critical elements of the federal health reform legislation that will affect Pennsylvania? How can physicians play a leadership role in deciding how to implement the many facets of the law?