We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. - President John F. Kennedy, Sept. 12, 1962

You may have noticed that my last few posts have ventured into controversial areas such as medical marijuana and gun violence. While these topics are politically and emotionally charged, I believe that we, as physicians, are obligated by our professional ethos to bring our analytic skills to these and other controversial topics. Rational, informed dialogue is sorely needed today in the forum of public debate. And while it may be challenging to engage in important issues when emotions run high, the New Hampshire Medical Society can have an impact on these health-impacting issues only when we jump into the fray.

In order to better understand how the physicians of New Hampshire feel about a wide range of controversial and noncontroversial issues, NHMS recently completed a scientifically valid survey in cooperation with the UNH Survey Center. The results will be available and shared with you this fall.

In the meantime, I'd like to hear from you about which issues we should be discussing, weighing in on or taking action on. I know we are all busy. It can be hard to start a dialogue on a challenging subject, and sometimes the gridlock in politics robs us of hope for a solution.

Take that first step and either submit comments to the blog or email me with your thoughts about what is important to you. Your voice does matter and will make NHMS and our advocacy stronger!

Please send your questions or comments to president@nhms.org or post a comment below.




The cost of health care is one of the largest issues facing us today. However, we cannot deny health care to those who need it, because it will cost too much. I am disappointed that New Hampshire is slow in enacting portions of the Affordable care Act that would increase access to insurance and care. For many working people, access to care for serious illness leads to personal bankruptcy. Surely we can do better.