Members of Congress and staffers don’t have firsthand knowledge of what affects our patients every day; they depend on our opinions to influence their positions on bills. Being emergency physicians gives us a unique perspective on medicine and society. We have “street cred,” and no one else understands health care better than we do. Staffers and members of Congress will listen intently to what you have to say and sometimes challenge your positions while you get to challenge theirs. Although you might not agree on all issues, it is the best opportunity to educate them about the critical role that emergency medicine plays in the US health care system.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 33 – No 07 – July 2014
Dr. Dierks is an emergency physician at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Cirillo is director of health policy and legislative advocacy for Emergency Medicine Physicians in Canton, Ohio.