Advocacy is the Medical Association’s primary focus. By ensuring pro-medicine legislation and regulations are passed, delivery of medical care improves for patients and strengthens the practice of medicine for physicians.
Effective advocacy requires three elements:
- Professional lobbyists constantly engaged with elected officials monitoring and influencing legislation and regulations
- Strong “Grassroots” are key to successful advocacy. Very Influential Physicians (VIP) volunteer to contact elected officials on important legislation and provide opinions from “back home”
- A well-funded ALAPAC (Alabama Medical PAC), a nonpartisan voluntary political action committee, to which Alabama physicians contribute funds to aid in the election of candidates for state office who best represent the professional needs of physicians