Nomination of Tom Price to HHS Secretary Brings Important Medical Perspective to Health Policy

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Statement attributable to:
John Meigs, Jr., MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The nomination of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD, as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will be the first appointment of a physician to that office since 1989. With his background as a former practicing physician and as a legislator on both state and national levels, he will provide a much needed medical perspective to U.S. health policy at a time of health reform and global outbreaks of new health threats.

“The American Academy of Family Physicians congratulates Congressman Price on his nomination and looks forward to working with him on addressing the important policies affecting patients’ access to care, the strength of the primary care physician workforce, medical education and other issues that shape the U.S. health care system.”

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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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