AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Congratulate President Obama

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Statement Attributable to:
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 American Academy of Family Physicians represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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