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What do you feel pediatricians need to do in order to remain competitive in the changing health care environment, and do you think the future of pediatrics is in jeopardy?

Mary P. Brown, M.D., FAAP, Bend, Ore.

From the AAP mission statement: “Pediatricians are the best qualified of health care professionals to provide child health care.” The AAP is dedicated to protect and advise pediatricians and influence Congress to “do no harm” to children.

Every aspect of health care is changing. These changes are complex, confusing and often frightening especially for the pediatrician in private practice without the support of a large health care system. The AAP has never been more important as we struggle through the maze of health reform. Pediatricians may be less threatened...

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