AAFP Statement: AAFP Applauds President Obama’s Commitment to Health Reforms that Improve Quality, Help Control Costs

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

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

“The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the continued focus President Obama put on the health and safety of all Americans in tonight’s State of the Union address.

“We appreciate the President’s commitment to reforms that redesign the way we provide and pay for health care services. His promise to preserve Medicare benefits while acknowledging that new reforms are required is a welcome step toward ensuring health security for elderly and disabled patients for generations to come.

“With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and its commitment to building a health care system with a strong primary care foundation, we are beginning to bring down costs. We have started on a path that promises to lead to higher quality care, better outcomes for patients and improved cost-efficiency. By continuing to promote reforms such as paying for the quality of care in settings like the patient-centered medical home, we will improve the continuity of care, end fragmentation and duplication of services, refocus services on preventing illness or its complications, and begin to rein in costs for both the patient and the nation.

“The AAFP looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress in implementing policies that provide health security for elderly and disabled patients, improve care and secure Medicare for the future.

“Equally, we appreciate the President’s continued commitment to public health and safety with proposals to counter the devastating toll of gun violence on our nation. It’s a complex public health problem that requires a comprehensive response, including effective mental care, research on safety and prevention, and preserving the physician’s right to have conversations with patients and families who may be at risk for gun violence.”

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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