Parker County Today December 2016 - Page 39

The New Trump Administration: What Will He Do With Healthcare? “There is nothing more important to me as a physician than your cancer treatment. I’ve been in practice for nearly two decades and have had the privilege of telling many patients that there is life beyond cancer. As president of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, I want to lead by example, practicing a firm belief that all patients should receive the finest medical care available, with the same concern and compassion as a cherished member of the family.” Ray Page, D.O., Ph.D. President and Medical Oncologist The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders As one of the four physician delegates representing the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) at the AMA House of Delegates (AMA-HOD), I had the unique opportunity to examine numerous interesting perspectives when the delegation convened in Orlando just a few days after our historic presidential election. The AMA-HOD is comprised of over 500 delegates reflecting the fabric of U.S. health care from every flavor of specialty groups and medical associations. The delegates deliberate and debate hundreds of resolutions that will hopefully shape the direction of healthcare in a way that will benefit all Americans. Although I encountered many delegates who were distraught, with the impression that the sky is falling and all is lost, most physicians saw the impending administrative change as an opportunity to continue to work on our flawed healthcare system. Obviously, the future direction of our healthcare system has many uncertainties, but here is what I think may happen. As you may recall the Affordable Care Act (O