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AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Congratulate President Obama
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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 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.
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