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Doctors need to “sell themselves” to get legislative change

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1202
  1. Robert Ivker
  1. New York

    Doctors need to “sell themselves” more effectively to the public if they are to achieve legislative results, Senator Gordon Smith from Oregon told an audience of cancer specialists earlier this month.

    Speaking at the annual meeting of the American College of Radiation Oncology in California, the senator said that the American public did not fully appreciate the contribution that doctors make to society.

    As a Republican member of several committees that will influence healthcare legislation, Senator Smith laid out several specific steps he has taken to address the problem of uninsured Americans. The …

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