Thank you doctor Papa Francesco

On May 25, 2024, the Bishop of Rome will welcome over 300 physicians who are promoters of the “Thank You, Doctor!” campaign. This global initiative, launched on November 16, 2023, aims to highlight the humanizing role of primary care physicians within health systems and society. The campaign has garnered support from leading medical associations and civil society institutions, and it has already been endorsed by over one million people. The campaign was initiated by SOMOS Community Care, a non-profit medical association in New York, in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Life. Several medical institutions and organizations, including the World Council for Health, the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, the European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO), the Italian College of Physicians, the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC), and the Journal of Research & Applied Medicine, have joined the campaign. These institutions have signed the declaration “Rediscover the Family Doctor,” which calls for all social and political stakeholders to join forces and restore the doctor-patient relationship to the center of healthcare systems. The declaration recognizes the daily role that millions of doctors play across all five continents, not only in serving as the front line of healthcare systems, but also when they go above and beyond, transforming themselves into the good Samaritans for every person. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, applauded this reference to physicians as good Samaritans, emphasizing the responsibility they have to humanity in need of care. Pope Francis has expressed concern about the decline of the family doctor role and the potential neglect of good quality territorial health services. Dr. Ramón Tallaj, president of SOMOS Community Care, highlighted the essential role of the family physician in prevention and the potential marginalization of this role due to technological advances and innovations in medicine and pharmacology. The campaign “Thank You, Doctor!” is of utmost importance in light of these extraordinary technological advances and innovations, as it aims to prevent the marginalization of the fundamental and essential role that the primary care physician must occupy. The audience with the Pope will be attended by more than three hundred primary care physicians from various continents, who have gathered in Rome to participate in various moments of encounter to share experiences.

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