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Republicans are trying to cut health care spending. But hacking away at Medicaid, weakening coverage requirements and replacing Obamacare’s subsidies with a convoluted tax credit will not deal with the real crisis in American health care.

The Affordable Care Act was misnamed; it should have been called the Access to Unaffordable Care Act. In 2015 health care spending reached $3.2 trillion — $10,000 for every man, woman and child in America. While our health care system is the most expensive in the world by far, on many measures of performance it ranked last out of 11 developed countries, according to a 2014 Commonwealth Fund Report.

But deregulation will not fix it. To…

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 The Specialists’ Stranglehold on Medicine

If the president and Congress are serious about getting health care costs under control, this is a starting point. If there ever was an area where bipartisanship might triumph, it would be reining in a corrupt health care system that grows like a cancer on our country.

3 Things U.S. Medicine Can Learn From A Global Humanitarian Nonprofit

The recent legislative debacle in Washington, D.C., tells us the biggest problems facing American medicine are unlikely to be solved in our nation’s capital. We must, therefore, seek solutions in unexpected places.

Alpha Omega Alpha

Our mission is to enhance professionalism, scholarship, leadership, service within medicine.

Clinician Action

Clinician Action Network - because caring for our patients necessitates civic engagement, community participation, and collective action.

Doctors for America

Doctors for America is a national movement of physicians and medical students working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

Liverpool Medical Institution

Liverpool Medical Institution is one of the oldest medical societies in the world. We exist to foster an environment for furthering medical education and knowledge. We are a multi-disciplinary and multi-specialty postgraduate level organisation with a varied programme of weekly meetings.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Doctors and laypersons working together for compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion.

Physicians For A National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program is a non-profit research and education organization of 15,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time and has major health and healthcare implications. As some of the most respected professionals in America, doctors and nurses have a crucial part to play in raising awareness of the public about these issues. To facilitate the medical community’s awareness raising efforts, the Medical Society Consortium on Climate Change and Health (the Consortium) brings together associations...

Union of American Physicians & Dentists

UAPD is a tough and effective labor organization which has successfully represented doctors for more than 30 years.

Administrators in Medicine

Administrators in Medicine (AIM) is a non-profit organization that exists solely to assist and support administrators for medical licensing and regulatory authorities to achieve administrative excellence and, ultimately, advance public safety.

Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

The Center exists to equip thought leaders to engage the issues of bioethics using the tools of rigorous research, conceptual analysis, charitable critique, leading-edge publication, and effective teaching.

Council of Medical Specialty Societies

Founded in 1965 as the Tri-College Council, CMSS was created to provide an independent forum for the discussion by medical specialists of issues of national interest and mutual concern.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.

International Association for Humanitarian Medicine - Brock Chisholm

The aims pursued by the Association are exclusively humanitarian, scientific and social, with the commitment to provide health to all the peoples, social justice, peace, and human dignity. The Association is non-political, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and non-profit-making.

International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

Our goal is to craft and implement global educational and advocacy strategies to improve the quality of care provided to all people living with HIV/AIDS.

International Society For Burn Injuries

One of the main aims of our society is to disseminate knowledge and stimulate prevention in the field of burns.

International Society for Preventive Oncology

ISPO is the forum of an international membership committed to the study of interactive etiologic factors in cancer development and their impact on prevention, detection, and management of neoplastic diseases.

International Society of Travel Medicine

ISTM, in cooperation with national and international health care providers, academic centers, the travel industry and the media, ISTM advocates and facilitates education, service, and research activities in the field of travel medicine.

Medical Group Management Association

MGMA started as a small network of clinic managers, called the National Association of Clinic Managers, which met for the first time in Madison, Wis., in 1926. The association's name was changed to the Medical Group Management Association in 1963 to reflect the diverse management roles found in group practice...

Medical Library Association

The Medical Library Association is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide.

Medical Protection

The Medical Protection Society is the leading provider of comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.

National Association of Doctors

The National Association of Doctors (NAD) is a not-for-profit service-oriented membership organization. It was established in response to the rapidly escalating demand by America's medical and dental professionals for high-quality, low-cost economic benefit programs.

National Association of Primary Care

The NAPC is a leading national membership organisation, which represents and supports the interests of all healthcare professionals, both clinicians and managers, working in primary care.

National Board of Medical Examiners

Founded in 1915, the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the public through its high- quality assessments of healthcare professionals.

National Hispanic Medical Association

Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States.

National Medical Association

Our mission is to advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.

Obesity Medicine Association

We are the clinical leaders in obesity medicine who work to advance the prevention, treatment, and reversal of the disease of obesity.

Society of Hospital Medicine

SHM is the largest organization in the nation representing hospitalists and the practice of hospital medicine. It is our mission to promote the highest quality care for hospitalized patients, as well as provide opportunities and support to hospitalists. We are committed to enhancing the practice of hospital medicine by promoting education, research and advocacy.

Student Doctor Network

SDN is a nonprofit web site that started as a grassroots Web community at the University of Kansas in the mid-1990s. Since then, SDN has emerged as one of the most comprehensive and most useful student-driven resources on the Internet.

The Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences promotes advances in medical science and campaigns to ensure these are translated into healthcare benefits for society.

The Medical Defence Union

The MDU is a mutual, not for profit, organisation owned by our members. Established in 1885, we were the world's first medical defence organisation and have led the way ever since. We defend the professional reputations of our members when their clinical performance is called into question.

Wilderness Medical Society

Founded in 1983, WMS is the world's leading organization devoted to wilderness medical challenges. Wilderness medicine topics include expedition and disaster medicine, dive medicine, search and rescue, altitude illness, cold- and heat-related illness, wilderness trauma, and wild animal attacks.

World Allergy Organization

Our goal is to be a global resource and advocate in the field of allergy, advancing excellence in clinical care through education, research and training as a world-wide alliance of allergy and clinical immunology societies.

World Medical Association

The global representative body for physicians.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

The Academy promotes, supports and facilitates the work of the Medical Royal Colleges and their Faculties for the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals."


The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.

American Academy of Medical Ethics

The mission of the American Academy of Medical Ethics is to promote the interests of medical educators, medical practitioners and scientists, and to protect and promote the historic values that have provided the long-standing foundation for western medical care.

American Association of Medical Review Officers

AAMRO is a voluntary medical organization dedicated to establishing national standards for the certification of medical practitioners who perform drug and alcohol testing.

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin

The mission of our organization is to serve as a forum to facilitate and enable Indian American physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research, and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs.

American Board of Medical Specialties

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a not-for-profit organization, assists 24 approved medical specialty boards in the development and use of standards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. A dynamic group of physicians encompassing specialists in a variety of medical practices is united via the College.

American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists '' physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States.

American College of Rheumatology

The American College of Rheumatology is an organization of and for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that advances rheumatology through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support that foster excellence in the care of people with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

American Informatics Medical Association

AMIA is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy.

American Osler Society

The American Osler Society has been founded for the purpose of bringing together members of the medical and allied professions who are, by their common inspiration, dedicated to memorialize and perpetuate the just and charitable life, the intellectual resourcefulness, and the ethical example of William Osler (1849-1919).

Association of American Indian Physicians

The Association of American Indian Physicians was founded in 1971 as an educational, scientific, and charitable non-profit corporation. A group of fourteen American Indian and Alaskan Native physicians sought to establish an organization that would provide both support and services to the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

Association of American Medical Colleges

The AAMC and the medical schools, teaching hospitals, academic and professional societies, faculty, residents, and students we represent are committed to improving the nation's health through medical education, research, and high-quality patient care.

Association of American Physicians

The Association of American Physicians is a nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1885. Now the Association is composed of about 1000 active members and approximately 550 emeritus and honorary members from the United States, Canada and other countries.

Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses

The Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is responsible for setting professional medical standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development. It also plays an important role in supporting junior doctors and medical students considering a career in rural practice.

Australian Medical Association

As the peak health advocacy organisation, it exists to advance the professional interests of doctors and the health of the community.

Australian Military Medicine Association

Membership of the Association is open to doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, human factors specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists and anyone with a professional interest in any of the disciplines of military health.

British Medical Association

The British Medical Association is the doctors'' professional organisation established to look after the professional and personal needs of our members. The BMA represents doctors in all branches of medicine all over the UK.

Canadian Medical Association

Founded in 1867, the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) vision strives to ensure a healthy population and a vibrant medical profession. Its mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and to be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care.

Canadian Physicians for Life

Founded in 1975, Canadian Physicians for Life is a non-profit, charitable organization of Canadian physicians dedicated to the respect and ethical treatment of every human being, regardless of age or infirmity.

Chinese American Medical Society

The Society was conceived by a small group of Chinese physicians who met informally in New York City. In 1964, a formal organization called the American Chinese Medical Society was established. In 1986, the name was changed to Chinese American Medical Society.

Chinese Medical Doctor Association

The Chinese Medical Doctor Association (CMDA) is a national, voluntary, not-for-profit, professional association of 2.1 million practicing physicians in China. Representing the collective view of Chinese medical professionals, CMDA is committed to advocating for better public healthcare and providing leadership for the Chinese medical community.

Christian Medical & Dental Fellowship of Australia

Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia was established to help Australian students and graduates of medicine and dentistry integrate their faith in Jesus Christ and their practice of medicine and dentistry.

Christian Medical & Dental Society of Canada

Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) is a national organization of Christian physicians, dentists and students, each holding an individual membership, who seek to honour God by integrating faith with professional practice.

Christian Medical Fellowship

The Christian Medical Fellowship was founded in 1949 and has over 4,500 British doctor members in all branches of medicine, and over 1,000 student members. We are linked with around 60 similar inter-denominational bodies worldwide through the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA).

Federation of American Hospitals

Founded in 1966, is the national representative of investor-owned or managed community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States and one of Washington, DC's most respected and influential health policy and advocacy organizations.

Federation of State Medical Boards

The Federation of State Medical Boards is a national non-profit organization representing the 70 medical boards of the United States and its territories. The FSMB's mission is to continuously improve the quality, safety and integrity of health care through developing and promoting high standards for physician licensure and practice.

Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

Overseeing the provision of specialist training and Continuing Medical Education.

Hungarian Medical Association of America

The Hungarian Medical Association of America is a voluntary organization of physicians and scientists of Hungarian heritage formed to preserve, promote, and foster Hungarian medical traditions and ideals.

Indian Medical Association of Southern California

Whereas the need exists for cohesive action on the part of the physicians of Indian heritage residing in the United States of America, it is hereby resolved that a nonprofit organization be formed to maintain the identity of the said group of people, to provide a forum for scientific, educational, cultural, charitable and social interaction among its members.

Infectious Diseases Society of America

IDSA's purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

Irish Medical Organisation

The role of the IMO is to represent doctors in Ireland and to provide them with all relevant services. It is committed to the development of a caring, efficient and effective Health Service.

Japan Medical Association

Founded in 1916, and then re-established in its current form in 1947, the JMA's mission is to provide leadership for physicians and to promote the highest standards of medical ethics and education to protect the health of all Japanese citizens.

Malaysian Medical Association

Our aim is to promote and maintain the honour and interest of the profession of medicine in all its branches and in every one of its segments and help to sustain the professional standards of medical ethics.

Medical Association of Malta

The principle purpose of the MAM shall be to regulate relations between members in the profession and between members and their employers or employers' associations in accordance with the Laws of Malta.

National Arab American Medical Association

The National Arab American Medical Association is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational and humanitarian organization. Its members are medical professionals of Arab descent, or have a close affinity with individuals of Arabic origin, or demonstrate a commitment to the mission and organizational objectives of NAAMA.

Practicing Physicians of America

PPA’s goal is to assist you in developing the resources you need to care for yourself – so that you can care for your patients.

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland

The Academy of Medicine was formed over 100 years ago. Prior to this there had been medical societies; each catering for a different branch of medicine but they overlapped one another. For many years wide-ranging discussion had been held on how best to bring these bodies together so that they would have the advantage of union yet preserve their independence.

Royal College of General Practitioners

The RCGP is a professional membership organisation for GPs in the UK. Its aim is to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general practice and act as the ''voice'' of general practitioners on education, training and standards issues.

Society of the Federal Health Professionals

AMSUS was organized in 1891 and chartered by Congress in 1903 to advance the knowledge of healthcare within the federal agencies and to increase the effectiveness of its members. It is dedicated to all aspects of federal medicine - professional, scientific, educational and administrative. AMSUS advances the knowledge of federal healthcare and increases the effectiveness and efficiency of its membership by mutual association and by the consideration of matters pertaining to constituent services both in peace and war.

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