August 2001 AAOS Report

AAOS leaders meet with President Bush, support 'timely, quality care'

In early July, President George W. Bush met with officials of medical specialty societies, including AAOS, in a delegation that represented 300,000 doctors. The president's goal was to promote a Republican patient rights bill in the House of Representatives. "The president's concern for patients to receive timely, quality care is most encouraging," said AAOS President Richard H. Gelberman, MD. He commended the president's call for health care plan accountability. "This will strengthen the quality of patient care," added William W. Tipton Jr., MD, AAOS executive vice president. "And so will President Bush's belief that medical decision-making should be in the hands of doctors, not HMOs or lawyers." Dr. Tipton said that AAOS looks forward to working with Congress to pass a bill that addresses the needs of patients and ensures that physicians can make needed medical decisions.

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