Politics, Money and Membership
We all know that money and politics go hand in hand. With the money, there are lobbying expenditures that can influence decision-making. So I went on a search regarding how much our beloved national therapy organization spent in regard to certain issues. As I found out, not a whole lot when they are compared to other healthcare sectors. What most surprised me was how little they spent in 1999 and 2000 when there was a large impact on the therapy profession.
Maybe the level of money spent for lobbying is directly related to how many PTs/PTAs are members. This then begs the question of how to increase membership to increase money for lobbying efforts for the therapy profession. Allow me to offer some advice to increase membership so the PACs, lobbying efforts and 527s can have a positive effect on the profession.
First, full membership, voting etc. for all members. Second, lower the membership dues. Third, create a special section for PTAs to join for an additional fee like the neuro and ortho sections. Fourth, get rid of the language that puts the PTAs in the same league as supportive staff.
Ideally this should increase membership initially. A dues increase implemented over a five-year span is easily accommodated, but do not increase it by more than what is feasible. And because I do care about the therapy profession, I could be a lobbyist (for a moderate fee) to help implement these changes.