AAFP Looks Forward to Working with 114th Congress

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Robert Wergin, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

"We look forward to working with the new Congress as they address the important health issues that face America. Most important to the American people is gaining access to the care they need, when they need it.

"If this Congress doesn't finalize work on the SGR repeal and on preventing the pending cuts in the Medicaid payment for primary care, we’ll look forward to accomplishing these goals in the 114th Congress.

“Equally important, we'll be working with the new Congress to ensure that our medical education system produces the primary care physician workforce our nation needs to meet current and future demand. This will require support for vital primary care physician training in programs such as teaching health centers, for allocating graduate medical education funding to community-based residency programs, and for programs such as the National Health Service Corps that encourage medical students to go into primary care."

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

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