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Bush lauds Indian American physicians

By Aziz Haniffa in Houston
June 19, 2005 14:56 IST
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President George W Bush has showered kudos on Indian American physicians and declared that they have helped make the American health care system the best in the world.

In a message conveying greetings to the nearly 2,000 physicians and their families attending the gala banquet on the final day of the 23rd annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin at the Hilton American Hotel, Bush noted, "America has many dedicated health care professionals who make our health care system the best in the world."

"Across our country Indian American physicians meet the needs of the sick and injured, provide quality treatment and bring comfort to patients and their loved ones," he said.

Bush said these 'hard-working professionals are a vital part of our health care system and contribute to a healthier future for all of our citizens'.

"Since its founding," he added, "AAPI has served the health care industry by helping to ensure high professional standards and promote research and education within the medical profession."

Bush lauded the AAPI convention and said itĀ gave members 'an opportunity to learn more about the latest health care trends and enhance their abilities to provide hope and healing to countless individuals'.

"I appreciate your members' extraordinary commitment to excellence and integrity in the fields of medicine.Your efforts reflect the compassionate spirit of our nation," he added.

Bush's sentiments were echoed by United States House of Representatives majority leader Tom de Lay, a Texas republican, who declared, "I want to thank the AAPI for your continued commitment to providing the American people the best health care in the world."

The lawmaker, who was the keynote speaker at the banquet, said, "Asians, particularly Indians, who have come to this country and come into our medical centres, have provided a incredible opportunity for the US to develop its health care, and we greatly appreciate it."

"So I thank you for everything you do, your commitment to your patients, your commitment to this country, your commitment to your families," he added.

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