MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
Telephone: (516) 488-6100
For Immediate Release
February 5, 2020
MSSNY CALLS FOR PHYSICIAN REPRESENTATION ON THE MRT 2
Statement attributable to:
Art Fougner, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York
“It is perplexing that despite the hundreds of thousands of patients insured by Medicaid who are treated by a physician, and the tens of thousands of physicians who deliver care to these patients every year, not a single community-based physician has been appointed to the MRT 2.
We are further perplexed that some parts of the health care system actually have multiple representatives on this group. A $2.5 billion Medicaid savings target is almost certainly going to examine programs that impact patient access to community-based physician care, so it is very important that these physicians’ perspectives are represented on this Group.
To ignore or marginalize physicians’ perspective on our health care system is wholly unfair, not only to New York’s dedicated physicians but to all New Yorkers—the patients we serve. We will of course continue to work with the Legislature and Administration on identifying responsible ways to address our State Budget deficit.”
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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.
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