Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Physicians' Coalition Representative to Tell Congressional Leaders "No Place for Big Government in Exam Room"

M. Todd Williamson, M.D., the immediate past president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the spokesman for a coalition of state and specialty societies that represents nearly 50,000 practicing physicians from across the U.S., will call for national health care reform that is “patient-centered” when he addresses the GOP Doctors Caucus in Washington, D.C., at 3:30 p.m. today.

Dr. Williamson will outline the coalition’s key principles, which include…

· Protecting the physician-patient relationship
· Protecting the patient’s right to choose their doctor
· Protecting the patient’s right to choose their health insurance
· Protecting the right of physicians and patients to privately contract
· Ensuring that quality determinations are made by physicians

Dr. Williamson will conclude his comments by stressing that, “There is no place for big government in our exam rooms.”

The “Hearing on Effects of Congressional Healthcare Proposals” will air live at

The GOP Doctors Caucus is chaired by Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy, Ph.D., and Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. It is composed of 13 Republican members of Congress, all who have backgrounds in health care.

With more than 6,000 members, MAG is the leading voice for physicians in Georgia. Go to for additional information.
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