My friends at Medgadget.com let me know about a new initiative that they started: an open blog site for US Physicians who wish to express their policy opinions online. Healthcare reform is championed primarily by politicians with no medical training – so they really need help to understand the issues from doctors in the trenches. Just as Barack Obama and John McCain are crafting their foreign policy in light of information they glean from military personnel on the front lines, I hope they will also inform their healthcare policy by listening carefully to the frontline caregivers in medicine. Let them know what you think!
From Medgadget’s press release:
We are very proud to unveil a new web service called Medpolitics.com, a blogging site open to US physicians to opine on healthcare, public health, politics of medicine, and the state of our profession. The time seems perfect considering that healthcare is such a hot debate topic, and many doctors feel that we should have a stronger voice in the debate. We figured we know a thing or two about blogging and healthcare. So why not build a service where doctors write their political thoughts and others read them and comment? We hope that one day politicians, policy makers, news makers, and others will be checking it out to see what the doctors actually think on the important medical policy issues.
So we registered the domain, installed a user-friendly publishing software, and gave it some testing. The site is now ready to go, all without any significant investments (except for our time) or outside funding. In other words, 100% independent political network for doctors.
This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.