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AAFP Statement - Family Physicians to President Bush: Call for Improved Health Access is Only One Step to Comprehensive Reform
Date:1/28/2008

ent of people age 19 and older said presidential candidates' views on health care reform "would play a very important or somewhat important role" in their choice for president.

It's no wonder that Americans list health care among their greatest concerns. They experience the fragmented, duplicative system that costs more money, provides less preventive and comprehensive chronic care management and, increasingly, requires longer waits for appointments.

Americans want change. They want a health care system that builds on the foundation of a personal physician who provides comprehensive and coordinated care. They want the medical home concept, where their doctor helps them stay healthy, coordinates services if they develop a chronic condition and helps them overcome illness or injury without a confusing array of medical appointments and bills.

This system can evolve only when national leaders support appropriate payment for family physicians' expertise, recognize that our medical educational system must encourage and assist young people in becoming family physicians, and commit themselves to ensuring that Americans have access to care.

President to Americans' concerns with comprehensive reform that not only helps Americans gain access to health care coverage, but also fosters the medical home concept and medical education initiatives that encourage students to enter family medicine and national health policies that reinforce primary care.

Statement Attributable to:

James King, M.D.

President

American Academy of Family Physicians

Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents nearly 94,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Nearly one in four of all office visits are made to general and family physicians. That is 207 million office visits each year -- 62 million more than to any other medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide th
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