The Pennsylvania Medical Society's (PAMED's) Employed Physician Task Force recently developed a Physicians Bill of Rights designed to address the concerns of employed physicians working for hospitals, health systems, and other health care organizations in the commonwealth. On Oct. 21, 2016, PAMED's Board of Trustees voted to approve the Physicians Bill of Rights.
The Task Force —led by emergency physician Kristen Sandel, MD—sought to address member concerns about physicians' clinical autonomy as well as the need for fairness concerning issues like employment contracts.
"This is an exciting time for PAMED and employed physicians," Dr. Sandel said. "I believe that we are the first statewide medical society to pass a Physicians Bill of Rights. My hope is that the Bill of Rights can be used as talking points between physicians and employers to continue to develop physician-friendly work sites focused on high quality, patient-centered care."
The bill of rights includes these 10 tenets:
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