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Madison, Wis. — Doctor Day 2019 brought more than 300 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs yesterday. Key issues included vaccines and the “personal conviction” exception to school vaccination law as well as ensuring access to important Medicaid services by addressing historically low physician reimbursement rates.
Prior to meeting with legislators at the State Capitol, attendees heard from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm. Gov. Evers, who was introduced by his daughter Erin Schoenecker, MD, praised physicians for the care they provide and asked for their help in ensuring access to care.
“We need to have a health care system that works for all of us and we have to ensure that we’re protecting access to that affordable health care,” Gov. Evers said. “You (physicians) are extremely important in this dialogue around health care in the state of Wisconsin. Getting more Wisconsinites covered through Medicaid expansion is key to a stronger health care system for our state.”
In addition to hearing from Gov. Evers and Sec. Palm, attendees participated in an issue briefing before heading to the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers.
Now in its sixth year, Doctor Day is a partnership among the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and other key physician groups and physician-led organizations. The day-long event provides a unique opportunity for physicians from across the state to collaborate and share with policy makers facts and data on timely health care issues.
“Doctor Day brings the physician passion of caring for people to policymakers as they help Wisconsin’s people toward healthier lives,” said Wisconsin Medical Society President Chip Morris, MD. “Every day physicians see the effect of legislative policies—like the personal conviction exception for vaccinations—and how they are responsible for the spread of preventable diseases throughout our state. We take seriously our responsibility as patient advocates and guardians of the public’s health, and we embrace this opportunity to help legislators provide the best health any state can have.”
Doctor Day participants represented over 20 different physician organizations and partners: the Wisconsin Medical Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, UW Health, Axley Brynelson, Brown County Medical Society, Waukesha County Medical Society, Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology, Wisconsin Association of Hematology and Oncology, Wisconsin Chapter American College of Emergency Physicians, Wisconsin Dermatological Society, Wisconsin Neurological Society, Wisconsin Orthopaedic Society, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, Wisconsin Radiological Society, Wisconsin Section-American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine, Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists, Wisconsin Society of Pathologists, Wisconsin Society of Plastic Surgeons and Wisconsin Surgical Society.
With physician members statewide dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the Wisconsin and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.