Preserving Patients' Access to Care in Budget Reduction Debate

  • AAFP Letter to the Joint Select Committee on Budget Reduction(2 page PDF)

    The American Academy of Family Physicians has called on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reform the Medicare payment system as part of efforts to cut federal spending. This media kit explains why -- in an era where "deficit reduction" are the buzz words -- Congress must invest in primary medical care by repealing the sustainable growth rate formula that dictates Medicare physician payment and developing a system that rewards outcomes of care, not the number of procedures done to a patient.

The role primary care physicians play in quality of care and helping control costs:

The impact of 25 percent or greater cut in Medicare physician payment: