Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Remarks, 1954
April 6, 2012 – Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, former President of AMA (2003-2004), Founder of Intrepid Resources®, author of On Leadership: Essential Principles for Business, Political, and Personal Success, and an acknowledged present day physician leader, asked me recently to define leadership.
I responded with this definition:
Leadership is leading from the front, saying what needs to be done, doing what needs to be done, inspiring your followers, and persuading your critics.
I have always believed physicians in the clinical trenches must take a leadership role if America is to have a workable, practical, equitable, accessible, and affordable health system. We do not have such a system now. The system ought to be bottom-up with economic freedom, patient choice between government and private plans, and universal catastrophic coverage. It is not enough to curse the darkness. We must take the lead in offering a reasonable alternative to the current chaos. We have yet to exhaust the possibilities of such a system.
Examining and putting forth the alternatives Is underway. Here is a comprehensive proposal by the Florida Medical Association suggesting the alternatives.
The Florida Medical Association (FMA) represents more than 20,000 physicians in the legislative and regulatory arena, as well as on public health and ethical and legal issues. As the largest professional association for physicians in the state, the FMA seeks to enhance the quality and availability of health care in the Sunshine State and to help physicians practice medicine. The following policies on health system reform were adopted by the FMA’s Board of Governors.