Dr. Alieta Eck graduated from the Rutgers College of Pharmacy in NJ and the St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She studied Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ and has been in private practice with her husband, Dr. John Eck, MD in Piscataway, NJ since 1988. She has been involved in health care reform since residency and is convinced that the government is a poor provider of medical care. She testified before the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress in 2004 about better ways to deliver health care in the United States. In 2003, she and her husband founded the Zarephath Health Center, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured that currently cares for 300-400 patients per month utilizing the donated services of volunteer physicians and nurses.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons was started in 1943 to work toward the goal of the unfettered doctor-patient relationship with the least government and insurance company instrusion. NJAAPS was started in 2011 in response to the rapid decline of the independence of physicians in New Jersey, the rise of expensive government programs with the decline in actual access of health care for the poor.
- We believe in access to medical care for all people, rich and poor.
- We believe that the Medicaid program is too bureaucratic and wasteful and that it ought not be an "entitlement," something one earns because he or she fails economically or is too sick to work. Instead, we believe that true charity is care that one cannot afford, but that kind physicians, nurses and other volunteers are willing to provide with no compensation.
- We believe that physicians who volunteer four hours per week in free non-government clinics ought to be rewarded by the state giving free medical malpractice coverage for their entire practices.
- We believe that this plan will strengthen communities, give retirees a venue to provide a significant service to those who fall in to hard times, and will reduce taxes by greatly reducing funding for the failed Medicaid program.
- We believe that these lower taxes are the key to prosperity in NJ.