Family Physicians Welcome the Congressional Primary Care Caucus

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Statement attributable to:
Wanda Filer, MD, MPH
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds this week’s launch of the Bipartisan Congressional Primary Care Caucus. American health care is moving toward a coordinated, patient-centered, and value-based system. The Primary Care Caucus will be instrumental in examining how to build the primary care workforce and the infrastructure that will complete the system’s evolution and recommending potential Congressional action.

“The AAFP also applauds the outstanding leadership of Reps. David Rouzer (R-NC) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) and their commitment to improving our nation’s health care system.

“Understanding the factors that created the primary care physician shortage is the first step in identifying and implementing the solutions that can resolve it. The Primary Care Caucus’s focus on educating and advocating on behalf of primary care physicians and providers and their patients is invaluable in this process.

“Congress must have accurate information about the multiple factors affecting the primary care workforce and patients’ access to services. Medical education funding, payment for quality of services, ensuring comprehensive and coordinated care, and meeting primary care needs of underserved Americans – these are big issues. They require the focused attention that the Primary Care Caucus will provide.

“We look forward to working with the Primary Care Caucus as its members form policies that build an accessible, efficient health care system and the solid primary care foundation on which it rests.”

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

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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.

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