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Anesthesia, Organized Medicine, and Healthcare Policy 

Anesthesia, Organized Medicine, and Healthcare Policy
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Anesthesia, Organized Medicine, and Healthcare Policy
Author(s):

Sherif Zaafran

and George W. Williams

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199381623.003.0032
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date: 26 August 2019

The 21st century has brought about many changes to the practice of medicine in the United States of America. As with all specialties, the field of anesthesiology has been greatly affected by such changes. Given the variety of influences and volatility in political leadership, physician anesthesiologists must remain aware of and involved in organized medicine. The physician anesthesiologist plays a key role as the leader of the team that provides care to all patients in the perioperative setting. The most important goal in the practice of anesthesiology is to provide each patient with the best quality care and safest care. This chapter reviews the importance of advocacy and the related issues that directly affect the daily practice of every anesthesiologist. Such issues affect every physician anesthesiologist in every practice location, regardless of whether or not they choose to be involved in the process of advocacy.

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