The American Academy of Family Physicians has called on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reform the Medicare payment system as part of efforts to cut federal spending. This media kit explains why -- in an era where "deficit reduction" are the buzz words -- Congress must invest in primary medical care by repealing the sustainable growth rate formula that dictates Medicare physician payment and developing a system that rewards outcomes of care, not the number of procedures done to a patient.
Research shows the supply of primary care physicians was associated with improved health outcomes, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and infant mortality; low birth weight; life expectance; and self-rated health. The results suggests that an increase of one primary care physician per 10,000 population was associated with an average mortality reduction of 5.3 percent.
This graph shows family physicians are the source of care for most complex health conditions, including respiratory ailments, circulatory problems and endocrine conditions.
Research that shows a stronger primary care physician workforce is associated with favorable patient outcomes.
Research confirms earlier studies showing an increase of medical subspecialists won’t improve the U.S. position in population health, can lead to more disparities in health among Americans and may be related to adverse effects from inappropriate or unnecessary use of subspecialists.
This graph shows 13 percent of respondents to an AAFP survey would be forced to close their practices and 62 percent would be forced to stop accepting new Medicare patients.
Direct quotes from family physicians describe the impact that instability in Medicare payment has had on their practice stability and the effects that a 25 percent or greater Medicare cut would have on their ability to provide care to patients.
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