Mississippi Physicians Endorse Phil Bryant for Governor

(Ridgeland, MS) — The Mississippi Medical Political Action Committee (MMPAC) announced today the endorsement of Phil Bryant for Governor of Mississippi in the November 7, 2011 statewide elections. At a news conference in Ridgeland Thursday MMPAC chair Dr. Randy Easterling said that Bryant has been a staunch support of tort reform and “Physicians vividly remember the days when it seemed our ability to take care of patients was on life support due to law suit abuse. We now have tort laws that level the playing field so my colleagues and I can focus on our patients’ needs.”

Dr. Easterling also applauded Bryant’s plan to grow 1,000 new physicians for Mississippi by investing in scholarship programs and additional residency slots. “Mississippi is often number 50 when it comes to chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes and Mississippi needs more physicians to lead the health care team,” Dr. Easterling said, “We pledge to work with Phil Bryant to identify where and how many physicians are needed and to support his efforts to make Jackson’s medical corridor into a larger and invigorated medical city.”

Our own research shows that Mississippi physicians annually generate $5 billion in direct and indirect economic stimulus for our state. “Phil Bryant understands that Mississippi physicians are small business owners who create jobs throughout the state in large communities and small,” Dr. Easterling said, “Physicians are about the business of taking care of Mississippians; but, we are also big business for the state.” A recent study shows that Mississippi physician offices create or support 24,217 jobs for a total of $3b in the state wages and $192m in local and state tax revenues.

“The next four years will be an exciting time for medicine in Mississippi,” Dr. Easterling said, “That’s why Mississippi physicians have endorsed and encourage you to support Phil Bryant – he is a Healthy Choice for Mississippi.”

MMPAC Press Release