An Open Letter to Governor-Elect Christie

December 30, 2009

Dear Governor-Elect Christie:

On behalf of the members of the Medical Society of New Jersey and the nearly 30,000 physicians of the State of New Jersey we respectfully request you appoint a qualified and proven medical doctor to the position of commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

There has never been a time in our state’s history when having a physician in place to lead the department has been so important.  Our state is faced with on-going public health issues and emergencies.

We are witnessing national health reform and state health reform issues that will have lasting effects on our quality of life and that of our children for years to come.  We have an aging population that requires time and attention.  We are confronted with Medicare and Medicaid challenges and continuous issues relating to health economics and deployment of resources.  A physician must take all of these factors and more, into consideration everyday of their lives.

We realize you and the members of your transition team are challenged with enormous financial burdens and we do not take lightly the tasks at hand relating to the budget. We do, however, know you recognize the important role healthcare providers and healthcare services play in the overall health of the State of New Jersey.  You know the importance of training and retaining the fine physicians who live, work and study in New Jersey.  A physician at the helm of the department will offer the right balance of training, leadership, insight and compassion.

MSNJ feels very strongly about this appointment as does our membership base.


Michael T. Kornett

Chief Executive Officer

Medical Society of New Jersey, est. 1766

About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

2 responses to “An Open Letter to Governor-Elect Christie”

  1. Niranjan Rao MD says :

    Good Job Mike.


  2. Jeffrey Shanton says :

    While that would be a good and logical step, change is also needed at DOBI (Department of Banking and Insurance). Here is where alot of the problems that health care providers encounter have their genesis. It seems that pretty much anything the insurance carriers want, gets proposed by DOBI, and then rubber-stamped through. DOBI needs to be a non-partisan agency, and not a shill for the insurance carriers.

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