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American Medical Association aims to improve the nation's health

20 Jun '22
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The American Medical Association (AMA), the national physician organisation in the country, has voted to adopt policies aimed at improving the nation’s health. The new policies were approved during the voting session of the recently held AMA’s annual meeting. The AMA called for removing the sales tax on child and adult diapers, a tax levied in 36 states.

In addition, the AMA called for the inclusion of child and adult incontinence products as a qualified medical expense for health savings accounts. Lack of affordable access to incontinence products can result in diapers not being changed in a timely manner, resulting in such health issues as urinary tract infections and diaper dermatitis. Diaper expenses fall disproportionately on young families, the elderly, adults with physical and mental disabilities, as well as the poor. The AMA previously called for removing the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, AMA said in a press release.

“The AMA believes every person should have access to essential health care. Not only does forced repatriation deny people access to care, it targets a vulnerable population. This practice can lead to serious medical consequences for patients. Health care providers should not be in the business of immigration enforcement,” AMA trustee, Thomas J. Madejski, said.

“Physicians must be protected for voicing quality-of-care concerns even when it might be at odds with their place of employment. Patients are relying on physicians’ independent medical judgment. Physicians shouldn’t face retaliation for following their professional responsibility,” AMA trustee, Scott Ferguson, said in a statement.

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