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The American Medical Association

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Reyhum Chowdhury

on 7 January 2014

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The American Medical Association (AMA) is an economic interest group as well as a professional association that represents physicians within the country. Its purpose is "to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health".
The AMA is made up of medical doctors, as well as medical students. As of 2011, the AMA has reported that it has 217,490 members. Membership requires a paid subscription. Benefits of joining range from magazine/article subscriptions to discounts on various items.
The AMA has 1059 employees and 43 lobbyists, 15 of which are revolvers. It has 3 office locations: Chicago (headquarters), New Jersey, and Washington D.C. It has its own House of Delegates (with Councils within it) and a Board of Trustees, as well as a Litigation Center.
The AMA does contribute to candidates. In the 2012 election, it has donated money to Barack Obama for the Presidential Election, as well as to Christopher S Murphy for Senate among others. Both were successful in their respective elections.
The AMA has one of the largest political lobbying budgets of any organization in the country. So, it primarily uses lobbyists to influence policy. Also, it utilizes mass movement and special events to bring attention to a matter. Lately, the AMA is concerned with Medicare, medical education, and healthcare.
Article 1- AMA Urges Congress: Retain Funding for Residency Programs, Increase Training Positions to Address Doctor Shortage
Medicare funds most residency programs. As of the last 10 years, there has been a cap on the number of residency slots available, limiting the number of graduates. So, this creates shortage in the number of graduating doctors, which is problematic since more people are getting insurance and lifespans are increasing. This has been one of the issues that was brought forth on Capitol on Medical Student Advocacy Day that was held on February 11, 2013.
Full Article:http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2013-02-03-urge-congress-retain-funding-for-residency-programs.page
Article 2- AMA Recognizes Obesity as a Disease
Obviously since this is an organization made of doctors, there is focus on actual medicine, not just medical policy and legislation. As one can tell from the title, obesity is now a disease according to the AMA. Potentially, this could affect insurance to cover obesity treatment, as well as affect doctor insurance if performing surgery for obesity.
Full Article:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/business/ama-recognizes-obesity-as-a-disease.html
The AMA has a paid membership program. It also provides insurance through AMA Insurance Agency, Inc. It also owns JAMA, the largest circulated medical journal in the world. Through these, the AMA gets its funds and revenue.
Other Activities:
The AMA has launched its SaveGME Campaign. It was launched in August in an effort to preserve graduate medical education funds.
The AMA has managed to get Medical liability reform (SB 1792) to be passed in Florida, as well as gotten nearly 2 dozen liability reform bills to be adopted in Oklahoma.
Size: B
Recognition: B
Funding: A
Intensity: A
Overall: B

The American Medical Association
Reyhum Chowdhury

AMA= Mercedes
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