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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

TeleHealth to the rescue!

Contact the HELP Committee:
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
428 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
American States Lag European Nations in Licensure Portability
Created By: Linkous, Jonathan On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 03:14 PM on ATA Site

Allowing physicians the right of free circulation as providers of medical services within the 25-nation European Union is part of a founding EU principle for freedom of circulation of goods, persons and services. The EU lays out minimum training requirements for general practice and specialist physicians and provides for mutual recognition of physicians’ qualifications. It also enforces measures to ensure that the licensing provisions of individual Member states permit the free movement of doctors both to establish themselves and to practice their profession in all Member states. This is currently covered under the EU directive 2005/36/EC.

The 25 independent countries in Europe long ago figured it out. But the fifty states in America are still struggling with how to allow physicians to practice, and citizens to access healthcare across state boundaries. With the help of the Federation of State Medical Boards we are looking to put together a patchwork solution, but that still may be years away.

Shame on us.


Yusuf Saleeby March 29, 2011 2:52 am on ATA Blog
Mr. Linkous, I could not agree with you more. In this era of physician shortages, poor access to PCPs, long lines in the ED, we must petition the government to allow physicians who are licensed in any one state to have reciprocity to treat citizens in other states.

As we see in the Veteran's Administration, physicians with a single state license are able to practice in any of the 50 states, likewise the Indian Health Service provides the same allowances. Why not make state-to-state reciprocity allowable by Federal Law, with a nominal fee ($10) to register in the state in which you wish to practice outside your licensed state. Telehealth will then be unencumbered by borders and costs can be contained with reasonable license fees.

Time to write some letters to the US Senate Committee on Health... (HELP).

Democrats by Rank
Tom Harkin (IA)** Ranking Democrat
Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Patty Murray (WA)
Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
Kay R. Hagan (NC)
Jeff Merkley (OR)
Al Franken (MN)
Michael F. Bennet (CO)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Richard Blumenthal (CT)

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Lamar Alexander (TN)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Rand Paul (KY)
Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
John McCain (AZ)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Mark Kirk (IL)

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