Physicians regularly confront the effects of lack of access to adequate care and have a corresponding responsibility to contribute their expertise to societal decisions about what health care services should be included in a minimum package of care for all.
Individually and collectively as a profession, physicians should advocate for fair, informed decision making about basic health care that:
- Is transparent.
- Strives to include input from all stakeholders, including the public, throughout the process.
- Protects the most vulnerable patients and populations, with special attention to historically disadvantaged groups.
- Considers best available scientific data about the efficacy and safety of health care services.
- Seeks to improve health outcomes to the greatest extent possible, in keeping with principles of wise stewardship.
- Monitors for variations in care that cannot be explained on medical grounds to ensure that the defined threshold of basic care does not have discriminatory impact.
- Provides for ongoing review and adjustment in consideration of innovation in medical science and practice to ensure continued, broad public support for the defined threshold of basic care.