AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Congratulate President Obama

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Statement Attributable to:
Ted Epperly, M.D.
American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians congratulates President Barack Obama on his historic inauguration and applauds his commitment to resolving the challenges that face Americans as they seek affordable, high-quality health care.

President Obama already has demonstrated his understanding of the multiple difficulties our nation faces in providing financial and geographic access to health care, training a physician workforce that will meet the primary health care needs of Americans, and implementing an infrastructure that will rein in costs and improve quality of care.

Family physicians and the AAFP are committed to working with President Obama and the outstanding team of health policy experts and administrators he has assembled to meet this challenge.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).