The CC PAC is fighting on behalf of two groups: the patients to maintain an intact cancer care delivery system and on behalf of community oncology practices.
State and national governments are leading health care policies, and the only way to be effective in that arena is to participate. PACs are participating in that struggle and support candidates who share our perspective and want to keep independent practices viable and protect high-quality care for patients.
Once upon a time, doctors were in charge of how patients were treated. The doctor-patient relationship was considered sacred and formed the cornerstone of health care. Unfortunately, those days are long over.
Over the past few decades, outside entities such as state and national government, myriad administrative bodies, managed care organizations, and pharmacy benefit managers dictate how medical decisions are made and which patients can access care. Worse yet, profit is often the sole motive. Historically, doctors responded by staying in their own silos and doing what they knew best: just working harder. Unfortunately, this has not been successful.
We need a new approach. Doctors need to get into the political arena and engage. This means getting to know the issues, speaking out, and supporting policymakers that will support high-quality care, access, and choice for cancer patients, independent decision-making, and fair reimbursement for physicians. The Conquering Cancer PAC exists to make this happen. Join today and start making your voice heard.
Dr. Eagle is a board-certified hematologist-oncologist with more than 20 years of experience, previously practicing in Lake Norman, North Carolina. He is a past president of the Community Oncology Alliance and a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
He graduated from the University of Virginia, School of Medicine. Then completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Florida. Dr. Eagle is particularly interested in healthcare policy to ensure patients have the best options available and benefit from scientific advances.
He has published multiple oncology health policy and cost of care articles. He has previously served as an editorial board member for the journal Oncology. He has also appeared on The Oncology Show on Sirius XM's Doctor Radio channel and provided briefings on oncology health policy for congressional staff on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Eagle enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with his family.