AAFP Statement: Health Care Remains Post-Election Priority

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Jeffrey Cain, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians looks forward to working with President Barack Obama and the new Congress to ensure that everyone in this country can get the right health care at the right time from the right professional.

“That means continuing to work for access to both health care coverage and to the primary care physicians who should be the front door to our health care system. We call on President Obama and Congress to work together to ensure that all Americans have access to health care. We call on the president and Congress to implement a permanent fix to the flawed Medicare physician payment formula that rewards volume over quality and that discourages growth of the primary care physician workforce. We call on the president and Congress to support medical education policies that fill the primary care physician pipeline and enable Americans to have a personal physician who provides comprehensive, whole-person care. And we call on President Obama and Congress to pass legislation that provides meaningful medical liability reform that would allow physicians the ability to afford to continue to provide care for all Americans.

“Health care remains an important topic as Congress and President Obama address the issues challenging our nation. We hope they both will heed their constituents’ concerns and work together to improve the quality of health care, build the primary care physician workforce and enable patients to have a personal physician who can provide comprehensive, coordinated care.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Cain, contact Leslie Champlin, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 136,700 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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