Physicians Organizing Committee (POC) began in 1983 when a handful of doctors from a variety of practice settings had seen enough of the destruction

POC Operations Manager Virginia Lewis, LCSW (center) with POC members Abraham Betre M.D. (left) and Anil Patel M.D. (right) at community forum in Tulare, California organized to rally support for the physicians’ efforts to reverse the corporate take over of medical decision making at Tulare Regional Medical Center in Tulare, Calif.

of our profession and the harm caused to patients at the hands of economic and political policies, increasingly outside of our control as individual practitioners. They decided a new organization and strategy was needed and came together to build an organization that could reset the priorities for the provision of medical care according to medical necessity instead of restrictive corporate HMO, insurance company or government criteria.