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San Mateo County Physician July/August 2012 Issue

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  • A Publication of the San Mateo County Medical Association

    July/August 2012 | Volume I /No. 6

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  • SAN MATEO COUNTY PHYSICIAN | PAgE 3

    The San Mateo County Medical Associations newest community service program, Walk with a Doc, still needs your help in terms of promoting this free physical activity opportunity among your patients or taking part in the walks themselves.

    As you may know, the Walk with a Doc program gives members of the general public an opportunity to walk with physicians and ask general questions about health and the benefits of physical activity. We have now hosted two walks and are specifically looking for physicians who may be willing to further promote this program among their patients through posting flyers about the upcoming walks in your office/exam rooms or emailing information about the walks to your patient email database.

    You can also still volunteer as a physician walker! We conduct Walk with a Doc every other Saturday, with walks coming up on September 8th and 22nd as well as October 6th and 20th. Physician Walk with a Doc volunteers will walk with participants for approximately an hour at a pace determined by the community residents.

    To learn more about helping SMCMA with Walk with a Doc promotion or becoming a Walk with a Doc volunteer, contact Whitney Wood at (650) 312-1663 or wwood@smcma.org.

    The walks have been taking place at the Sawyer Camp Trail (Crystal Springs Rd & Skline Blvd entrance), but future walks are scheduled in such sites as downtown Half Moon Bay, Bay Trail, Long Ridge and Coal Creek as well as downtown Redwood City, starting at the Historical Museum.

    We look forward to additional SMCMA members helping out with this great program! Happy Walking!

    SMCMA SErvICES

    San MateoCounty PhysicianJuly/August 2012

    Vol. I / No. 6

    Table of Contents

    Presidents Message..........................5

    Executive Report................................7

    Distinguished Service Award Recipient.................................8

    Embrace the Natural Color of Your Skin...............................9

    For Better or For Worse....................10

    Mandated Disease Reporting Requirements...................12

    Travelling with Diabetes.....................13

    Membership Update and Classified Ads..................................18

    Walk with a Doc Program Still Needs Your Help...

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    Association members can save 5% on their workers

    compensation insurance? And, they may save even more than

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  • SAN MATEO COUNTY PHYSICIAN | PAgE 5

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    BY gREgORY LUkASzEWICz, MD

    In our political system, money has always talked. And now, since the Supreme Courts 2010 landmark ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, money is speaking louder than ever. The Courts ruling has essentially overturned the McCain Feingold campaign finance reform regulations. It now allows unlimited political expenditures by groups and organizations such as unions and corporations to be protected as free speech, which cannot be restricted by the federal government under the First Amendment. In fact, the Supreme Court reinforced this ruling this June by striking down a century old Montana state campaign finance law. We are seeing the results of the Citizen United ruling most commonly in political attack ads, whether aimed at a candidate or a specific issue, often supported by an anonymous donor or group of donors. Unfortunately, the opportunity for individuals or groups with deep pockets to flood the public with truths, half-truths and even lies threatens to undermine the democratic process as individuals will have difficulty discerning reality from fiction in the onslaught of mailings, television and radio advertisements and billboards.

    Nowhere has this been more apparent than here in California in the case of Proposition 29, the $1 a pack proposed cigarette tax. On June 21st, approximately two weeks after Prop 29 came before the voters, the Yes on Prop

    29 campaign conceded that they had lost by a margin of 50.3 to 49.7 percent of the votes counted to date. What is most telling is that Prop 29 went down to defeat despite the fact that 67 percent of the likely voters who were polled in May prior to the election supported the cigarette tax. However, opponents of Prop 29, supported by big tobacco companies and led by Philip Morris, spent over $47 million dollars (compared to $12 million raised by supporters of the proposition and led mainly by public health groups). These funds were spent on radio and television ads as well as an onslaught of mailings that were able to erode support for Prop 29 over the course of a month before the election, eventually defeating it in the polls.

    What does this mean for physicians? I would suspect that for many physicians the role of money in the political process is extremely distasteful. We have prided ourselves on the use of facts, scientific data and clinical evidence to treat our patients. We naturally assume that the truth should prevail. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be enough. It means that to remain relevant in the political process and to make our voice heard, we need to stay organized. Though we may find the role of money and wealth in the political process disheartening, the reality is that physician organizations have played this game at the very highest levels. Between 1998 and 2012, the American Medical Association spent $269,507,500 on its lobbying efforts,

    second only to