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Doctors for America
PO Box 53313
1921 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009-9997
Doctors for America Launches Campaign to Highlight Healthcare Access Issues
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 1, 2021, Doctors for America launched an official campaign to highlight key healthcare access issues in the United States and encourage doctors and medical students, as well as legislators and other key stakeholders, to take action. The campaign, Prescription for a Healthier America, will touch on three key areas for improvement: access to COVID-19 drugs and vaccines, access to affordable prescription drugs, and access to clinical trial results.
The physicians and medical students that make up Doctors For America see the crisis created by healthcare access issues in and outside of where they practice. Their work with patients has driven them to advocate for patients over politics, and to address the access issues that they see in their medical practices head-on.
“Before the pandemic, our patients would often tell us they were having a hard time affording the medicines we prescribe because of price. With COVID-19, this has only gotten worse. In addition to losing their loved ones, many have now also lost their livelihoods, forcing them to abandon their prescriptions at the pharmacy counter to pay for food and rent,” says Dr. Reshma Ramachandran, Co-Chair of the Doctors for American Drug Affordability Action Team. “Now more than ever, we as healthcare providers must take action together to ensure that our patients have affordable access to their treatments, including for COVID-19.”
Doctors for America has planned a full year of events, resources, and tools to draw attention to access issues within American healthcare. The campaign will include numerous components, including blog posts by experts, educational videos, Lunch and Learn events, and livestreams with partner organizations and leaders in the healthcare arena. Through the campaign, Doctors for America will provide education to drive advocacy improving healthcare in the United States exponentially.
The time for action is now. After years of partisan gridlock and slow progress on healthcare access and equity, and with the glaring issues with American healthcare exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that access and affordability issues be addressed quickly and decisively.
About Doctors for America
Doctors for America mobilizes doctors and medical students to be leaders in putting patients over politics on the pressing issues of the day to improve the health of our patients, communities, and nation. We are 18,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states. We practice and study in the largest cities and the smallest towns of America from New York City to Oklahoma City. We work in private practices, academic centers, community health centers, and government-run systems like the Veteran’s Affairs and the Indian Health Service. We are in primary care and subspecialties. Some of us are just embarking on their medical careers and some have retired – most are somewhere in between. Some of us are deans of medical schools, nationally renowned health policy experts. Nearly all of us take care of patients. Many of us have never ventured into politics before, but driven by pragmatic idealism, we are bringing the voice of physicians to communities across the country and to the national stage. Find out more at doctorsforamerica.org and on Twitter @drsforamerica.