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Thursday, March 11, 2004

A "cast" of thousands supports reform

By Mary Ann Porucznik

You can't miss the Medical Liability Reform Campaign booth. A nine-foot cast anchors the booth, which stands near the registration center in Moscone West, and can easily be seen from several directions.

And while children sign the cast of a school chum for fun, the signatures on this cast are very serious. Each is an indication of the signer's support for fixing the nation's "broken" health care system, a system plagued by disparities, inequities and difficulties in access to care.

The cast, which was introduced at the State Societies Strategy Meeting last fall, is already covered with hundreds of signatures. Be sure to visit the booth during the Annual Meeting and add yours!

While at the booth, also take some time to visit the Web sites designed to support the campaign's efforts. Both www.PACTProject.org and www.ProtectPatientsNow.org contain information and materials that can be used by individuals, practices and state societies to explain the current crisis and enlist support for change.

Videos prepared by Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR), of which the AAOS is a founding member, will run continuously in the booth. These newsmagazine productions feature patients, physicians, politicians and concerned citizens telling the truth about the access-to-care crisis in states…and why it was preventable. If you have questions about the Academy's Medical Liability Reform Campaign, several orthopaedic colleagues will be on hand to answer them.

You can share your own story, sign up for e-mail alerts and make your own contribution-in volunteer time or dollars-to the campaign. So be sure to stop by and add your name to the "cast" of thousands.

We couldn't have done it without

3M Health Care
     Depuy Casting
     Ortho Rehab, Inc.
     Timothy Babbington, OTC
     Felix Cueva
     Novisa S. Petrusich, OTC

The AAOS extends its thanks to these sponsors and builders of the "Big Cast" on display at the Medical Liability Reform Campaign booth.

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