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MSDC Urges Council to Provide Adequate Healthcare Funding East of the River

Tuesday, May 28, 2019  
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MSDC Urges Council to Provide Adequate Healthcare Funding East of the River
Continuous and Appropriate Care Is Critical for Citizens in Wards 7 and 8

Washington, D.C., May 28, 2019 –The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC), the largest medical organization representing metropolitan Washington physicians in the District, urges the Council of the District of Columbia to protect the healthcare of its citizens in Wards 7 and 8 during today’s 2020 budget vote by ensuring appropriate and continuous care is available locally to its residents.

As MSDC stated in its testimony during the budget oversight hearings, United Medical Center provides important care to local residents. Unfortunately, too often the good work that physicians and health care providers are doing with the community are overshadowed by the negative stories of incidents at UMC. As the Council deliberates the future of health facilities in Wards 7 and 8, it is essential that it also provides adequate resources for residents to find care locally, especially obstetrical services, oncology services, and public health services.

MSDC President Dr. Raymond Tu, MD, adds “UMC is in the center of a community fraught with crime and violence against its citizens as just occurred this past Memorial Day weekend. The irony that our hospital may be left with insufficient resources to care for our residents…to starve the starving… is as senseless as the violence plaguing our City.”

MSDC firmly believes health care decisions should be based in good medicine and evidence-based science, not politics. When you are debating the 2020 budget today, we urge you to not let politics dominate the discussion around UMC, but instead consider how best to comprehensively protect the health of patients in Wards 7 and 8.


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Media Contact:
Pia Duryea
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
duryea@msdc.org
(202) 355-9414

About the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC)
With approximately 2,800 members, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia is the largest medical organization representing metropolitan Washington physicians in the District of Columbia. The Medical Society was founded in 1817, and it is dedicated to ensuring the well-being of physicians and their patients in metropolitan Washington. For more information, visit msdc.org.

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