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Support Primary Care GME; Contact Your Legislators Now
Family Medicine Matters Video, Speak Out Alert Rally Members
By News Staff
Stream tells AAFP members, "It's time to stand up and fight for our profession, our practices and our patients." He directs members to a website that allows them to contact their Washington representatives directly to voice support for GME and against proposed cuts to these programs.
Both Congress and the Obama administration have proposed steep cuts in GME funding that threaten the future of family medicine, says Stream. The president's fiscal commission recommends cutting $6 billion from GME, and the House wants to cut $14 billion, says Stream in the video. The Congressional Budget Office, meanwhile, has suggested turning GME into a grant program to save $25 billion, and now the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- also known as the "supercommittee" -- may target GME for cuts, notes Stream.
"GME is the source of most residency program funding," says Stream. "Without federal funding, teaching hospitals won't be able to sustain residencies, particularly primary care residencies. This means fewer well-trained family docs. And I don't have to tell you that this country needs us now more than ever."
The AAFP launched the Family Medicine Matters campaign on Oct. 14 in response to the federal government's search for ways to reduce the federal deficit. The campaign is designed to rally member and congressional support for three issues vital to the continued success of family medicine:
- repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula,
- protection of GME funding, and
- increased funding for Title VII health professions training grants.