How medical societies can save American medicine

American medicine is in trouble, and the men and women who run our country’s medical societies are just the ones to save it.

Think about the trouble, the confusion, the upheaval. Some call it reform. Some call it progress. Some call it just more damn, unnecessary change. Health care is such a politically volatile phrase that it’s tough to have a civil conversation about what’s working and what isn’t. In Texas, “Obamacare” is a four-letter word, a label and a curse politicians use to kill ideas they don’t like.

Everyone’s telling our doctors what to do: Government agencies and insurance companies and big hospitals and big pharma.

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