Eight core values represent what we believe is critical to the future of healthcare delivery.

As physicians and healthcare professionals continue to navigate today’s complex and ever-changing healthcare system, it is paramount to ensure the physician’s voice is central to discussions around healthcare delivery and policy. The Physicians Foundation remains unwavering in our mission to empower physicians to lead in the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient healthcare. We abide by the following core values:

  • Physician-Patient Relationship. Physicians and patients must have the ability to create and maintain a true partnership, as this epitomizes the most essential element of a quality healthcare system.
  • Autonomy. Autonomy allows physicians to be both responsive to and responsible for patients’ needs and concerns. It gives them the opportunity to be patient advocates, operate with judgmental independence and serve with the patient’s best interest in mind.
  • Access. In order for physicians to be effective patient advocates, there must be more support for the overall concept of “access.” This includes greater transparency into payer decisions.
  • Quality. Physicians must be the guardians of quality healthcare, participating in the discussions and playing a central role in the debate around healthcare reform.
  • Transparency. All healthcare stakeholders must collaborate to address challenges that make the current system difficult to understand. This includes bringing greater transparency to areas such as costs, billing practices, narrowing networks, etc.
  • Social Determinants. It is critical to recognize and create programs that address the pervasive, debilitating effects of poverty on healthcare costs, resource utilization and overall patient outcomes.
  • Physician Wellness. Physicians require support from other healthcare professionals as burnout can have devastating effects on physicians’ quality of life, as well as on cost, access and quality.
  • Physician Leadership. As physicians increasingly face administrative and regulatory burdens, it is imperative that a greater emphasis is placed on building core business, management and leadership skills.