For those of us in health care, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words of social justice and serving have special meaning.
Dr. King stated, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” The national debate about health care over the last several years has greatly focused attention on this inequality.
Many would debate whether health care is a right or a privilege.
I am not an interpreter of the Constitution. I am a physician, health care administrator, and concerned citizen who sees the failure of the health care system every day.
Patients, for want of access to primary care, are falling through the cracks of fragmented and disjointed care. They end up in emergency departments or hospitals for the more expensive treatment of diseases whose progress could have been prevented by earlier and simpler interventions.
This disproportionately affects certain Americans because of inadequate access and socioeconomic factors. That is why I hope to achieve access to basic health care for all Americans.