Do physicians have an obligation to be political?

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Takeaway

  • Physicians routinely advocate for their patients with insurance companies, hospitals, and specialists, so they should advocate politically as well, a physician argues in a New York Times opinion piece.

Why this matters

  • "If my patient with kidney disease loses his health insurance, it would be just as life-threatening as the loss of his medications," writes Danielle Ofri, MD, an associate professor of medicine at New York University and editor in chief of the Bellevue Literary Review.
  • She notes that physicians may shy away from political action: "Most doctors see an intrinsic distinction between calling an insurance compan...