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PHYSICIAN GROUP ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING COURT ORDER IN THEIR FAVOR REQUIRING OPEN MEETING FOR WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE

 WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS).
 We are pleased by the temporary restraining order issued today
 by Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth that will require the White
 House Health Care Task Force to conduct open meetings.
 Not only must the task force meetings be open, but so must that
 of any subgroups or subcommittees and the records of such meetings
 must be open for public review.
 AAPS undertook this action because we believe that the issues of
 reforming health care must be open to public participation. When
 the issues are this large and include possible changes to patient-
 physician relationships and may impact the quality of care, the
 public should be included at all levels, at all times.
 This is clearly a victory for the public. It lets the sun shine
 in on the most important debate of our time.
 If the decision today is later appealed by the White House, we
 will continue to further our position that all meetings must be open
 so that citizens know about the decisions that are being considered
 that may change physician-patient relationships.
 AAPS -- the voice of private physicians -- is a nonprofit
 association, formed in 1943. It has successfully fought in the
 courts for the rights of patients and physicians.
 -0- 3/11/93
 /NOTE: Copies of the court order are available upon request/
 /CONTACT: Chad Jackson, 202-296-6010, for the AAPS/


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