donor of the month
Anthony Chong, MD, FAAFP is the Family Physicians Political Action Committee’s March Donor of the Month! Dr. Chong attended medical school and completed his family medicine residency at University of California, San Diego. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Scripps Coastal Medical Center and also finds time to serve as the President of the CAFP Foundation Board of Trustees.
Why do you contribute to FP-PAC?
The FP-PAC is an invaluable defender of family medicine in California. By joining with my fellow FPs throughout the state, my small contribution to the PAC gets amplified. Like other family physicians, on a day-to-day basis I am tremendously busy with my clinical and administrative responsibilities. I like knowing that while my focus is on my patients, the FP-PAC is in Sacramento fighting for the best interest of family medicine and patient care.
What would you say to someone who may be hesitant to contribute to a Political Action Committee?
Family physicians want to do the best we can for our patients. We strive to provide quality care and equitable access for all. However, if we do not have a voice in arenas where legislation and regulations are created and debated, if we do not support political candidates that will act on ours and our patients’ behalves, our local efforts can be all for naught. Unfortunately, patient care today isn’t just relegated to the clinics and hospitals. Politicians can create or change regulations without fully understanding the impact they have on our ability to care for our patients. The FP-PAC ensures politicians hear our voice, address our concerns and win important elections over others who do not share our values.
Less than five percent of family physicians contribute to FP-PAC. Why should more family physicians contribute?
If more family physicians contribute even a small amount, we have a stronger collective voice. We know from recent campaigns that small donations can add up to a significant amount if many people contribute. Our political system is swayed by voices that represent a larger population segment. Think about this - for each family medicine physician that joins the FP-PAC, by extension, we will be able to say that FP-PAC represents the 2000+ patients that each physician cares for in his or her panel.
Have you ever attended an FP-PAC event or represented FP-PAC at a fundraiser? If so, what did you learn by attending the event?
I attended the CAFP All Member Advocacy Meeting in 2016 in Sacramento and plan on attending again this March. It is a great opportunity to interact with legislators and learn how I can influence important health care decisions being made at the State Capitol.