Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Podcast: Congressman and physician Michael Burgess

Have you ever wondered how the healthcare reform debate might be different if the lawmakers were themselves physicians? Well, 16 members of Congress are physicians and no doubt bring a unique perspective to the legislation and how it will affect practicing physicians.

I recently spoke with Congressman Michael Burgess, R-Texas, who was an OB/GYN for many years before being elected to Congress. We spoke about the insight his background provides and what he thinks is missing from the legislation.

Rep. Burgess said that, unlike many of his colleagues, he recognizes that medical practices are often small business, and patients still have to be seen, the office still has to stay open. "At the end of the day things have to work," he said.

Listen to our conversation in this month's podcast, and let us know your thoughts about the discussion here.

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