House of Delegates Meets
Five Policy Decisions Passed By AMA
The American Medical Association House of Delegates made important policy decisions on five major topics during the AMA Annual Convention June 18-22 in Atlantic City. Action came in the areas of health care costs, medical manpower, therapeutic abortion, osteopathy, and AMA Members Group Disability Insurance Program.
Health Care Costs
The House adopted a policy statement which pointed out that "the ability of the physician to serve his patient is being handicapped by the rapidly rising prices of the various components of health care... if the price of health care continues to outrun slower increases in consumers' income, the problem of medical indigency will assume alarming proportions."Basic problems in the over-all design of the nation's health care system, the House said, include inadequate numbers of new physicians and shortages of other individuals trained to function as part of