As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

"As We See It" uses messages from AAFP leadership, editorials and other opinion pieces to update you on Academy advocacy and other key topics, often including "inside story" information to help you better understand the Academy's actions. From time to time, individual AAFP members may be invited to share their views on issues via guest opinions. As We See It online also is the home for letters to the editor.

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What Patients Don't Know Can Hurt Them

July 01, 2015 03:00 pm — Federal health officials report that more than 16 million people have gained health coverage in recent years, but many Americans remain unaware that health plans are now required to cover preventive services without cost-sharing.

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Recent "As We See It" Stories

06/30/2015 — After a week marked by Supreme Court rulings and senseless violence, Gerry Tolbert, M.D., ponders the nature, and -- in some cases -- necessity, of change.

06/22/2015 — When it comes to fad diets and weight-loss gimmicks, physicians need to be able to help patients separate fact from fiction and find a plan that works best for them.

06/20/2015 — On Father's Day weekend, AAFP Director Lynne Lillie, M.D., reflects on lessons learned from the father figures in her life, including her physician father.

06/17/2015 — As recent medical school graduates become new interns, Kristina Zimmerman, M.D., writes that residents can make it through the transition with support from each other.