Welcome to the Wake County Medical Society website, where you will find a wealth of information about the Society's activities, as well as information on important health care matters.

Among those I see as most critical are access to health care, quality of care and the cost of that care. Too many of our citizens lack health insurance. We need to build on the current employer-based insurance model and cover everybody so patients get the right care at the right time. When patients see a physician regularly and receive treatment based on the best evidence, we will have healthier patients who consume fewer health care resources.

What an irony it would be if the very professionals who are in great demand are forced to retire early or close their practice because they can't afford liability insurance! North Carolina has been fortunate that medical liability insurance is available and, for the most part, affordable, meaning we have enough medical specialists to care for those in need. But we have to remain vigilant in protecting our tort laws because there always seems to be a new threat coming around the corner.

Membership in the Wake County Medical Society is one of the most important and effective ways for physicians, collectively, to be part of the solution to our many health care challenges. A strong, vibrant Society will always have the ear of legislators because they respect the fact that doctors are uniquely qualified to help form health policies that work as intended. It's heartening to know the vast majority of Wake County physicians, more than 500 to date, have chosen to become members of the Wake County Medical Society.

Our members not only help support a vibrant, effective medical profession, but support the system of the future as well, which is a legacy physicians want to be part of, especially at a time when the need for health care professionals is growing dramatically.

Thank you for visiting wakedocs.org, and I hope you continue to take advantage of the many valuable resources it has to offer.

—Paul Harrison, Executive Director