Over 300 physicians and learners participated in the 2019 Doctor Day at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on May 1. The annual advocacy event is organized by the Wisconsin Medical Society and partners and provides a chance for physicians to meet with state legislators on important health care issues.
DOVS was represented by faculty and residents, including Heather Potter, MD; Jennifer Larson, MD; Meisha Raven, DO; and Jacob Evans, MD. Other ophthalmologists from around the state joined the DOVS group to discuss issues including immunization policy and Medicaid dollars distribution. Dr. Larson noted,
“Advocacy maintains and enhances the safe and excellent medical care, including eye care, that is delivered in our state and country. Further, it ensures that all patients, especially those who are most vulnerable in society, receive the medical care and eye care they need. Participating in Doctor Day allows physicians to collaborate with medical colleagues from diverse specialties and discuss as a unified team with our state representatives the most pressing medical issues facing Wisconsin. Doctor Day creates a wonderful opportunity to network with physicians, including ophthalmologists, across the state and work toward positive change for our patients.”
Governor Tony Evers addressed attendees, followed by Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm. This was the sixth year for the event. More information can be found here.