Last updated on: 2/19/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“In a time when thousands of people lose their health insurance every day, when health care is becoming elusive to even well-to-do Americans, and when any person is just one pink slip away from becoming uninsured, it becomes clear that health care for all is not just important to achieve, but imperative.

At its root, the lack of health care for all in America is fundamentally a moral issue. The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have some form of universal health care (defined as a basic guarantee of health care to all of its citizens). While other countries have declared health care to be a basic right, the United States treats health care as a privilege, only available to those who can afford it…

Americans purport to believe in equal opportunity. Yet, in the current situation, those who do not have health care are at risk for financial ruin and poorer health, both of which disadvantage them in society and thereby do not give them equal opportunity…

The Declaration of Independence states there are certain ‘inalienable rights’, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If Americans believe in an inalienable right to life, how can we tolerate a system that denies people lifesaving medications and treatments? Similarly, if Americans believe in an inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, how can we allow millions of dreams to be smashed by the financial and physical consequences of uninsurance?”

“The Case for Universal Healthcare,” amsa.org (accessed Aug. 27, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.

Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With a membership of more than 62,000 medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.”

“About AMSA,” www.amsa.org (accessed Feb. 19, 2010)

Mission:

“The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and healthcare delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.”

“AMSA’s Mission & Values,” amsa.org (accessed Feb. 19, 2010)

Other:
Association of medical students
Contact Info:
Phone
703-620-6600
Email
amsa@amsa.org
Website
amsa.org
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?