Family Physicians Welcome the Congressional Primary Care Caucus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Statement attributable to:
Wanda Filer, MD, MPH
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds this week’s launch of the Bipartisan Congressional Primary Care Caucus. American health care is moving toward a coordinated, patient-centered, and value-based system. The Primary Care Caucus will be instrumental in examining how to build the primary care workforce and the infrastructure that will complete the system’s evolution and recommending potential Congressional action.

“The AAFP also applauds the outstanding leadership of Reps. David Rouzer (R-NC) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) and their commitment to improving our nation’s health care system.

“Understanding the factors that created the primary care physician shortage is the first step in identifying and implementing the solutions that can resolve it. The Primary Care Caucus’s focus on educating and advocating on behalf of primary care physicians and providers and their patients is invaluable in this process.

“Congress must have accurate information about the multiple factors affecting the primary care workforce and patients’ access to services. Medical education funding, payment for quality of services, ensuring comprehensive and coordinated care, and meeting primary care needs of underserved Americans – these are big issues. They require the focused attention that the Primary Care Caucus will provide.

“We look forward to working with the Primary Care Caucus as its members form policies that build an accessible, efficient health care system and the solid primary care foundation on which it rests.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Filer, 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 131,400 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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