AAPI Indian-American doctors to meet a number of influential US lawmakers at the Capitol Hill in March who would inturn address Indian American doctors on issues related to immigration and health care.
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is one the largest ethnic organisation of physicians representing over 100,000 physicians in the United States.
AAPI is expected to hold the annual Legislative Day & Governing Body Meeting where a large number of US senators and House members are expected from March 26 to 28 in Cannon caucus room on Capitol Hill.
Ajeet Singhvi, AAPI office bearer told The Indian Panorama that “The Legislative Day will have panel discussions on topics of importance to AAPI members and how they can be part of the process in the implementation of the health care reform in this country.”
AAPI said in a media release that Out of every seven doctors serving in the US, One is of Indian heritage, providing medical care to over 40 million people in the country. “Just as their services to the community in the healthcare arena is very vital, so is the need for due representation, to listen to their voices, expressing their concerns and their needs,” it noted.
“AAPI will discover her own potential to be a player in shaping the health of each patient with a focus on health maintenance than disease intervention,” & “Increasing GME position will help to address access issues in United States”, Ravi Jahagirdar, AAPI president said.
Sudhir Sekhsaria, chair of AAPI Legislative Affairs Committee voiced that”AAPI is once again in the forefront in bringing many burning health care issues facing the community at large and bringing this to the Capitol and to the US Congress.”
As part of comprehensive immigration reform that Obama Administrations has promised and is fighting with the house and the senate; AAPI has urged the Congress to include international medical graduates also along with international students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) being fast-tracked for Green Cards.