AAFP Applauds Funding Package for Coronavirus Response Efforts; Urges Communication and Coordination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, March 5, 2020

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the passage of the coronavirus supplemental funding package. We are encouraged that this funding supports critical public health response efforts, but it remains imperative that resources flow to family physicians and other on-the-ground health care providers.

“We are also pleased to see that Congress has taken important steps that facilitate flexibility in the use of telehealth services, enabling family physicians to continue to care for their patients should self-isolation become necessary.

“Family physicians are on the front lines of the nation’s response to this outbreak and will play a central role in caring for those impacted and controlling its further spread. Ensuring family physicians are provided timely information will be critical to support efforts to contain it. We therefore urge Congress and the relevant agencies to communicate with the health care workforce to ensure consistency and coordination.”

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.  To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org).