Remarks of the AMA Executive Vice President

James S. Todd, MD
JAMA. 1996;275(10):802. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530340066032.
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There can be no doubt that these are turbulent times for physicians and the American Medical Association (AMA). At this time, I think it is important for us to pause and take a look at where medicine and the AMA are going. Last year, we were worried about universal coverage and government-controlled medicine. This year, the market has taken over where Washington feared to tread, and we have free-floating competition siphoning off profits from patients to stockholders.

Through it all, the AMA has been at the center of activity— achieving success and pushing forward to meet the needs of patients and the profession. No door has been closed to us, not at any step along the way. But even when you've been a part of it, as we have, every step of the way, it's difficult to realize what a difference a year can make—the changing challenges of these swiftly


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