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