The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) represents Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander physicians committed to the advancement of the health and well-being of their patients and communities. NCAPIP believes in shaping health care in America to meet this shared American goal of optimal health for all.
Physicians must take a leadership role in assuring that every American receives the highest quality health care, provided by health care systems and supported by health care policies that value each and every individual and their unique backgrounds. Health care should be provided in an equitable manner, without discrimination based on type of health insurance, income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic location, or immigration status.
NCAPIP recognizes the important policy gains implemented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and supports additional national, state, local, and health care industry-driven policy reforms that will address the disparities AANHPI populations face, and which would improve the health care systems in the U.S. for all. To achieve optimal health for all, federal, state, local, and health care industry policies, standards, and practices must address:
- affordable access to care that is not only affordable health insurance coverage, but also overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers to care;
- improved quality of care, a must for all Americans, with consideration given to the socioeconomic conditions, diversity of needs, and health disparities experienced by AANHPIs;
- reduced costs and payment reform with continued innovation, and intentional shift of resources to prevention and wellness, primary care, and home- and community based care; and
- health workforce development and leadership.