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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
HBS professor takes AMA to task
The American Medical Association, which received $286 million in revenue last year to protect the profession, has served physicians poorly, a Harvard Business School professor writes in today's Washington Post.
Regina E. Herzlinger (left), who is also a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute, says doctors' professionalism and incomes have taken a terrible beating recently. Some physicians are switching occupations and showing up in her classes seeking MBAs, saying they can no longer practice medicine, she writes.
"You might expect that the AMA would fight the insurers, hospitals, government bureaucrats and ivory tower academics who have diminished physicians' incomes, besmirched their ethical reputations and compromised their professionalism -- but you would be wrong," she writes. "No, instead, at its annual meeting last month, the AMA declared war on retail medical clinics, located in places such as CVS and Wal-Mart."
"We and doctors deserve better advocates."