100-plus physicians/med students attend ‘Day at Capitol’

More than 100 physicians and medical students and nearly 20 state legislators participated in this year’s ‘Physicians’ Day at the Capitol’ event, which took place at the State Capitol in Atlanta on February 19.

The dignitaries included Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, M.D., Georgia Department of Community Health Commissioner Frank Berry, and Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald. 

The breakfast program featured talks by Reps. Mark Newton, M.D. (R-Augusta), Brian Prince (D-Augusta), Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta), Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), John Carson (R-Marietta), and Sen. Ben Watson, M.D. (R-Savannah). 

Meanwhile, the luncheon speakers included Gov. Kemp, Reps. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) and Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs), and Sens. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), John Kennedy (R-Macon), Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome), and Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. (R-Marietta).

“In addition to MAG’s allied sponsors, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the physicians and state leaders who participated in the 2020 Physicians’ Day at the Capitol,” says Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) President Andrew Reisman, M.D. “Physicians from a wide range of specialties and practice settings got a chance to discuss their views on some pressing health care issues, including the need for tort reform, surprise bills, health insurance, Medicaid, and scope of practice.”

MAG Government Relations Director Derek Norton adds that, “This was a fun and interesting and worthwhile event – and this kind of face-to-face interaction is a proven and effective way for physicians to build relationships with state lawmakers and weigh in on key legislation that will affect them and their patients.” 

Along with MAG, the event was sponsored by the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, the Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists, the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians, the Georgia Radiological Society, the Medical Association of Atlanta, the Hall County Medical Society, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, the Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery, the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, Resurgens Orthopaedics, the Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and PhRMA.

It is also worth noting that a group of residents from Gwinnett Medical Center attended the event – as well as a group of students from the Mercer University School of Medicine.

Norton is reminding MAG members to register for MAG’s 2020 ‘Legislative Education Seminar,’ which will take place at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris on May 15-17.

MAG members can contact Norton at dnorton@mag.org or 678.303.9280 with any questions that are related to MAG’s advocacy efforts.

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