Future training sessions and presentations will include collaborations with groups not directly linked with the SGIM, including local and state medical societies, Area Health Education Centers, and other organizations.
Focus groups and surveys of SGIM members will be used to ascertain current practices and identify potential barriers to implementation of the CDC guidelines.
To develop and ratify these principles, each SGIM member was asked to vote on 26 individual principles by a mailed survey Close to 60% of the entire membership responded.
SGIM supports a universal program with equivalent coverage in all respects.
SGIM supports measures that increase the supply of primary care physicians (family physicians, general internists, and pediatricians) such as educational programs in medical schools, primary care residency programs, and enhanced compensation for primary care physicians.
SGIM supports a common financing system throughout the United States--one that minimizes administrative costs.
SGIM advocates that each American has a personal primary care physician and access to free disease prevention and health promotion services.
SGIM supports reforms that encourage experimentation with new methods of health care delivery to better meet the specific needs of particular groups, without creating a separate system of financing care, such as Medicaid.