Most professional societies invest in educating the public and public policymakers. The investment is often a large percentage of the society’s operating budget if its members derive a significant portion of their business or personal income from the government. The U.S. Federal government purchases more than half of all clinical care and is the most important source of research support through a host of agencies including the NIH, DoD, VA, CDC, CMS, and AHRQ. The majority of ANA members received a significant portion of their income for research and clinical practice from the government and the ANA must, therefore, invest significantly in a well- developed and coordinated public policy effort that fully aligns with the Association’s mission of advancing academic neurology and the neurologic sciences. Members also provide representation on the AAN’s Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee.
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