Key Principles in Shaping Health Care Policy the Focus
Years of sharing the vision for the sanctity of the doctor/patient relationship are paying off.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a doctor himself, invited Hal Scherz, M.D. of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation to a meeting to discuss the state of health care and important reforms to prioritize over the coming months.
Secretary Price, then a Congressman from Georgia, was instrumental in the creation of our original incarnation as a 501(c)6 organization and remained a steadfast personal and public friend throughout his tenure in Congress.
The meeting entailed many topics but focused on the regulatory burden on doctors and the necessity of freeing physicians to spend more time with patients. These fiscal and regulatory burdens have driven far too many out of private practice altogether or into the arms of large medical systems.
Scherz explained the need for the protection of Direct Primary Care at the federal level to protect doctors from aggressive state insurance commissioners who seek to regulate the doctor/patient relationship as if the doctor is an insurance provider.
Additionally, Scherz emphasized the need to explicitly allow the use of HSA dollars in DPC relationships. A simple practical change that would go far to extending actual care to patients at the ground level where most health issues can be resolved if addressed early.
After the meeting, Dr. Scherz released the following,
“The Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation is delighted to have the kind of leader at HHS who has been on the front lines of American medicine actually delivering care to patients combined with the practical legislative experience of a successful tenure in Congress. Most importantly, Secretary Price fully understands the underlying principles behind the sanctity and primacy of the doctor – patient relationship in health care.
We know of no one better equipped by professional experience and personal philosophy to be directing perhaps the largest and most influential entity in health care in America, the Department of Health and Human Services.”