Urologists: Repairing health care reform better than repealing it

December 1, 2010

For several urologists, the concept behind reform was strong, but the logistics of implementing it are daunting.

Perhaps surprisingly, most of the urologists interviewed said they preferred to see the law repaired rather than repealed altogether. For several urologists, the concept behind reform was strong, but the logistics of implementing it are daunting.

"With the graying of America and the burden of health care for the Medicare population, we certainly are in need of health care reform," Dr. Steckel said. "We've got to revamp our system so we can afford universal coverage.

"They're asking the right questions, such as, 'Is everything we're doing necessary?'. There's a lot of duplication in our health care system, and this should help get more control over ordering tests, and that costs a heck of a lot of money."

'No question this is good'

Jacques Susset, MD, a professor emeritus of surgery at Brown University in Providence, RI, has been practicing urology for 55 years, 33 of which have been in the United States. For him, the need for this law shouldn't even be called into question.

"It's a first step," Dr. Susset said. "I've practiced in France and Canada. There's no question this is good. People need to be protected.

"Without the government, we would not have Medicare or Social Security. There is a need. We are not living at the time of the Constitution, as the Republicans wish."

Other urologists found it harder to see anything good about the bill.