When you collect dues from the nation's pediatricians you need to jump when they say jump. So what causes the American Academy of Patricians to jump?
The marketing of breakfast cereals and soda during cartoons, two food products that together have caused the obesity epidemic?
No. Parents choosing to take their kids for medical attention, but choosing the kind that is convenient and less expensive!
“The AAP recognizes that convenience and access to care will continue to be important drivers of how health care is delivered,” said James Laughlin, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement. “However, the expertise of the pediatrician and the medical home should continue to be recognized as the standard for care of children, and we encourage all AAP members to provide accessible hours and locations as part of a medical home.”
Why? Because money! Duh!
The "Hot Topics" on healthychildren.org include:
Guns (three times)
Recommendations to take your baby to the doctor several times a year when nothing is wrong with them!
Use of off-label drugs
Steriod use among gay teenagers.
Sugar cereal and soda? Pediatricians can't be bothered.