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SPEECH BY AMA OFFICIAL RECOGNIZES BENEFITS OF HMOs AND SIMILAR ORGANIZED HEALTH SYSTEMS

 SPEECH BY AMA OFFICIAL RECOGNIZES BENEFITS OF HMOs
 AND SIMILAR ORGANIZED HEALTH SYSTEMS
 MINNEAPOLIS, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented move today, American Medical Association (AMA) Executive Vice President James S. Todd, M.D., voiced support for HMOs and other similar managed care arrangements.
 "On behalf of organized medicine, let me, belatedly, but sincerely, acknowledge the positive contributions made by HMOs," said Todd in a landmark presentation before GHAA's Group Health Institute, the annual meeting of the HMO industry. "While the AMA has long recognized the existence of HMOs, we have been slow in recognizing and accepting the benefits of HMOs," he said.
 Todd attributed the long-time tension between AMA and pre-paid organized health care systems as "a failure based on traditional beliefs and conventional wisdom which, as we all know, is often more conventional than wise." Todd went on to say, "I believe that the old ways of doing things need to change."
 In addition to affording physicians a wider choice in how they can practice, Todd acknowledged that "managed care helps in the battle to hold down rising health expenditures. It allows employers to shop around for the most effective use of their health care dollars. And, it gives patients more latitude."
 Todd called HMOs "leaders in educating patients in the ways of better health care and more rational use of the system."
 "We welcome Dr. Todd's support for our systems," observed James F. Doherty, GHAA president. "In today's health reform environment, it is critically important that all health professionals work together to improve the nation's health care system. The beneficiaries are our patients."
 "More and more physicians are choosing to work with HMOs and managed care systems," Doherty noted. "I believe the AMA's new recognition will accelerate that trend."
 The majority of current health reform proposals build on the proven strengths of organized health care systems like HMOs. HMOs and similar managed care options integrate critical features of health care. They provide more comprehensive benefits with low out- of-pocket costs.
 Moreover, more Americans are choosing HMOs and similar managed care options. Enrollment in the nation's 550 HMOs now exceeds 38.6 million, having grown by 2.2 million members in 1991 alone. At year end 1991, 15 percent of the total population and 18 percent of insured Americans were enrolled in HMOs across 46 states.
 GHAA (Group Health Association of America) is the nation's largest and oldest trade association representing HMOs and other similar managed health care systems.
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