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Chris Mazzolini is the editorial director of Medical Economics
Family physicians call for five policies to help primary care practices weather the crisis.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says the federal government must do it all it can to support primary care physicians during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including providing financial support to keep small practices afloat.
“There is an urgency associated with the financing and support for our primary care system that must be addressed immediately,” said AAFP board chairman John Cullen, MD, in a letter to House and Senate leadership sent Friday afternoon.
In the letter, Cullen explains that primary care physicians play an essential role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, "despite how grossly underfunded our national primary care infrastructure is at the present time."
"The AAFP calls on Congress, as part of its legislative response to COVID-19, to enact five priority policies to help financially stabilize the primary care delivery system, grow the primary care physicians workforce and expand access to primary care for all Americans," the letter reads.
The five policies are: