I’m not a member of the American Medical Association. Never have been. And I have no intention of joining. Apparently I’m in good company- only about 25% of physicians belong to the organization.
I have multiple reasons for this. The AMA, at its core, is really nothing more than a political lobbying group. It exists to protect the interests of doctors. That being said, their interests really don’t align with mine. The AMA is incredibly geared towards specialists. They created the RUC, which works with the Center for Medicare Services to determine payment to physicians. The majority of RUC members represent specialties, rather than primary care, and very few will argue that it is not responsible for the huge disparity in payment. I’ll take it a step further and say that we probably can thank the RUC and, by extension, the AMA, for contributing to the shortage of primary care physicians in the USA and the huge amount that we spend on healthcare.
Anyway, it is particularly galling to me that every month I get this in my mailbox:
Yeah, it’s a copy of JAMA. It comes every month, clogging up my mailbox. I don’t read it. I get a great journal summary every month that I read instead. I never subscribed to JAMA, yet they continue to send it to me. Every. Week. For the past 10 years. That’s over 500 magazines that I never asked for or wanted. I’ve tried to get them to stop sending it. No luck.
What’s even more ironic is this leaflet attached to the cover of the magazine.
Renew today or they’ll cut you off!!!! Don’t delay!!! If only. I never send the card back. And yet, like clockwork, the cycle starts again the next month.
I think that $420 a year probably goes to postal charges.