Physician Revolution: Reclaiming Healthcare for United States Patients and Communities

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National Physicians Week 2018 Unifies Doctors, Working Together to Transform the American Healthcare System

This year’s National Physicians’ Week marks the third annual week-long observance of U.S. physicians, underscoring the importance of physicians banding together to change the broken American healthcare system. The growing grassroots movement of physicians is working in unison to reconcile and revolutionize the practice of medicine, calling upon patients for greater awareness and collaboration. During the celebration, physician advocacy groups will be laser-focused on key issues disrupting the industry, as well as sharing actionable steps to improve the system and physician-patient relationship. It’s time for a revolution.

Healthcare Cost Explosion:
In 2016, the U.S. spent nearly twice as much on healthcare as 10 other developed countries, though their rated performance was lower on several population health outcomes. A 2018 white paper released by Practicing Physicians of America & Association of Independent Doctors describes how physicians have been blamed for the ballooning patient care costs. It then goes on to highlight the reality that physicians make up only 8% of healthcare expenditure. When compared to the growth of healthcare administrators (more than 3000% between 1970 and 2010) the growth of physicians (only 200%) is marginal. The question then remains, is the increase in cost really due to physicians? During National Physicians Week, speakers will shine light on this and various other topics related to healthcare.

Decline in Physician Practitioners:
In a 2017 report by the AAMC, the projected shortfall of physicians in the U.S. is projected to be between 40,000-104,000 physicians by 2030. Coupled with an increasing demand due to population growth and an aging population, we have a critical issue. The reasons behind the shortage of M.D.s in America and what physicians and patients can do together to curtail the ramifications inherent with this projected shortfall will be discussed in detail at the conference by various advocacy groups and physician thought leaders.

About the National Physicians Week Virtual Conference:
Physicians Working Together (PWT), who led the charge to establish National Physicians Week in 2016, is an international, physician-led grassroots group that rallies other physicians, allied health professionals and the general public to improve the medical system. PWT has partnered with Zenxmed to offer this physician-led, online conference. Zenxmed is an organization building a digital health platform that aims to change the way health care is delivered. This conference is being offered to North American-based physicians and residents, free of charge. Participants can register online here: http://physiciansworkingtogether.org/national-physicians-week-virtual-conference/. Up to 5.25 credits of CME will be awarded for attending live sessions, at no cost to physicians.

The conference includes several live and pre-recorded sessions. A special panel discussion will be held featuring Physicians for Patient Protection (PPP), an organization that focuses on ensuring that people receive quality care from their physicians and Practicing Physicians of America (PPA) a group dedicated to protecting the ability of all practicing physicians to serve as their patients’ primary health care advocate and to confront unnecessary regulation that limits any physicians’ ability to serve their patients.

“Our third annual National Physicians' Week is a milestone for Physicians Working Together,” said Dr. Kimberly Jackson, Founder. “With over 8,000 members, PWT has grown tremendously since our launch, making every year an even bigger celebration than the last. National Physicians Week is meant to bring together every single physician whose dedication shines every day through their work. We hope you will join us in unity to ensure the future stays bright for doctors and patients.”

About Physicians Working Together
Physicians Working Together (“PWT”) is an international, physician-led, grassroots group that rallies other physicians, allied health professionals and the general public to improve the medical system. Founded by family physician, Dr. Kimberly Jackson, PWT led the charge to establish National Physicians’ Week in 2016. Visit website: http://physiciansworkingtogether.org.

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Dr. Kimberly Jackson