AAFP Looks Forward to Working with 114th Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Robert Wergin, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

"We look forward to working with the new Congress as they address the important health issues that face America. Most important to the American people is gaining access to the care they need, when they need it.

"If this Congress doesn't finalize work on the SGR repeal and on preventing the pending cuts in the Medicaid payment for primary care, we’ll look forward to accomplishing these goals in the 114th Congress.

“Equally important, we'll be working with the new Congress to ensure that our medical education system produces the primary care physician workforce our nation needs to meet current and future demand. This will require support for vital primary care physician training in programs such as teaching health centers, for allocating graduate medical education funding to community-based residency programs, and for programs such as the National Health Service Corps that encourage medical students to go into primary care."

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Wergin, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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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).