Time to re-introduce and debate The Doctornaut Act in Congress
In previous posts I wrote about the unrecognized disastrous health policies that prevent the discovery of medical advances, including cures. Just ask yourself when the last cure was. As a result, millions of patients suffer when they shouldn’t, and die before they should.
One critical reason for the absence of cures is due to the extreme difficulties in conducting clinical studies. The only way one can discover a medical breakthrough is by testing it in people. Block that step and we end up where we are today.
For years I proposed that, in order to reduce these barriers and test more therapies that doctors be permitted to volunteer for clinical studies without obstructive regulatory and other barriers so more therapies can be tested and, therefore, more discoveries made. I called these doctors “doctornauts” and proposed that Congress pass the Doctornaut Act, without any success. That was until I met Senator Bill Frist, who is also a physician. At that time, the good Senator was the Majority Leader of the Senate. Take a look at his legislation, the 2004 Doctornaut Act:
Frist was the first elected official to immediately both understand the wonderful potential promise of the Act and circulated a discussion draft of the Doctornaut Act of 2004. Unfortunately, for reasons too complicated to describe in this post, virtually zero support was expressed from any quarter and the effort ended.
Over the upcoming days and weeks, we’re going to be re-launching the effort to get the Doctornaut Act debated in Congress, and I want to encourage you to sign our Change.org petition and share it with anyone and everyone you know who has been affected by serious diseases.