American Academy of Family Physicians Joins Center for Practical Health Reform
Nation's family doctors continue the call for national health care reform
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Tuesday, December 23, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
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CPHR is the organizational home of a dramatically different national effort to address the health care system’s deepest problems by uniting consumers, business, labor and health care around a comprehensive plan. A non-partisan coalition platform for change, CPHR recognizes that stabilizing American health care will demand broad agreement on the seriousness of the situation, and must employ accepted solutions that facilitate, rather than restrain, market-based management and competition.
“The AAFP has a long history of supporting national health care reform and the provision of health care coverage for all,” said Mary E. Frank, M.D., AAFP President. “We have a great country, yet nearly 45 million people – one in six Americans – do not have access to health care. These are not welfare moms or homeless men – these are our neighbors and our friends, who are working day-in and day-out to care for their families. It is our hope that the efforts of the Center for Practical Health Reform can help galvanize key constituency groups around a common goal – to reform our national health care system.”
“Our health care system is large, and comprised of many very bright people, and we believe there is a critical mass of support for reform, but that the right players just need to be collected,” said Brian R. Klepper, CPHR President. “The AAFP is standing up and saying that we should work together for national health reform; my hope is that others in organized medicine will do the same thing and join our effort.”
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest 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 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.