Independence Is Worth Fighting For
Doctors: If you’re an independent doctor and want to stay that way, we urge you to join the only national organization dedicated to helping private practitioners survive and thrive. Studies show that independent physicians are happier than employed physicians because they have more autonomy, and more freedom to practice medicine without the pressure of meeting employer-set quotas. Furthermore, by staying independent, physicians help their communities by providing jobs, paying taxes, and providing better health care for a better price.
Patients: If you’re a patient or health advocate and believe your health should stay between you and your doctor, we urge you to support our cause. When doctors go to work for hospitals, their allegiance shifts from their patients to their employer. Patient advocacy is lost. Studies show that patients receive better, less expensive care from independent doctors.
Physician-hospital consolidation has not led to improved quality or reduced costs... and is often motivated by a desire to expand bargaining power by reduced competition. - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Businesses: As hospitals acquire doctors’ practices, they can negotiate higher reimbursement rates from payers. This raises premiums to business owners. These mergers also harm businesses such as banks, law offices, accounting firms, and marketing agencies, which lose clients when hospitals take over a medical practice’s management. Enlightened business owners who want to fight a trend that is driving up costs, and driving companies out of business join A.I.D.
At every level, your membership supports our efforts to campaign for independent doctors locally and nationally. This representation is important. Until now, independent doctors have had no national representation. Your A.I.D. membership helps give independent doctors a stronger voice.
Please join us today.