Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Declare Yourself Subordinate
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine wants every doctor to have a name badge in the hospital.  "Anyone in a hospital environment who has direct contact with a patient who presents himself or herself to the patient as a “doctor,” and who is not a “physician” according to the AMA definition must specifically and simultaneously declare themselves a “non-physician” and define the nature of their doctorate degree."

Of course AMA physicians are exempt and if the protocol just happens to spill into the public domain so that chiropractors are perpetually portrayed as second-class providers...who will take offense on behalf of chiropractic?

Excerpt :  AMA requests that The Joint Commission develop and implement standards for an identification system for all hospital facility staff who have direct contact with patients which would require that an identification badge be worn which indicates the individual’s name and credentials as appropriate (i.e., MD, DO, RN, LPN, DC, DPM, DDS, etc);  and requests that The Joint Commission develop and implement new standards that require anyone in a hospital environment who has direct contact with a patient who presents himself or herself to the patient as a “doctor,” and who is not a “physician” according to the AMA definition must specifically and simultaneously declare themselves a “non-physician” and define the nature of their doctorate degree.

–   Physicians – Clarification of the Title “Doctor” in the Hospital Environment, American Medical Association Policy D-405.991

 

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This is a weekly series excerpting from the American Medical Associations own published policies regarding “non-physicians”.  It will take nearly a year to complete.