Since 1847 the American Medical Association (AMA) has had one mission: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. Today, the core strategy used to carry out this mission is our concerted effort to help doctors help patients. We do this by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.
In 2011 our strategic plan focuses on five areas that encompass the central elements in health system reform:
- - Access to care
- - Quality of care
- - Cost of health care
- - Prevention and wellness
- - Payment models
These topics represent the major areas of emphasis in which the AMA carries out its mission in the current environment. Our proposed actions are not only directed at solving reform issues at the policy level, but also at helping physicians adapt to - and adopt - changes in a productive way.