Call for Action, Health Care

To All Medical Professionals: Please Join the #HouseCallsCampaign

Listen to Dr. Danielle Ofri talk about the #HouseCallsCampaign:

One of our Hudson Valley Strong members writes:

I’ve known Danielle for a long time. She’s a doctor and a writer, very much in the lineage of Dr. Oliver Sacks. As he was, she’s a precious combination of thoughtful, smart, skilled, and humane. (You can learn more about Danielle here.)

As Danielle mentions in the video, she recently wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times. Here’s what happened soon after it appeared:

How an Op-Ed became an Action

Writers never get to choose the titles for their articles; that’s what editors do. So I was just as surprised as anyone when I opened my newspaper on Friday and saw that the title of my op-ed was “Time for a Doctors’ March on Washington.”

I was even more flustered when a flood of emails arrived asking, “So when’s the march?”

Thanks to a crew of volunteers who materialized—and especially to the incomparable folks at the Resistance Medica Collective—the HouseCallsCampaign is officially launched today.

We are encouraging medical professionals across the country to call their Senators and let them know how the proposed healthcare legislation will affect their patients. Because advocating for patients is as much a part of medical care as the medical care itself.

The website for the #HouseCallsCampaign is here. The website contains everything you need, including call scripts to contact your Senators and to ask your colleagues to join in. Here’s an excerpt from the campaign’s mission statement:

As a medical caregiver, you are in a unique position to offer your professional opinion to our legislators who may only have a passing familiarity with the world of health care.

As we all know, advocating for patients is as much a part of medical care as the medical care itself. It only takes a few minutes to make the call.

For those in New York State, you can also find a call script for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand here.