Primary Care Investment

Greater investment in primary care is associated with lower costs, higher patient satisfaction, fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits, and lower mortality. Despite current high levels of healthcare spending in the United States, the proportion spent on primary care is insufficient. A shift in resources to support greater access to comprehensive, coordinated primary care is imperative to achieving a stronger, higher-performing healthcare system.

Underinvestment in primary care gives rise to patient access and workforce issues. A significant financial incentive for physicians and other clinicians to choose other areas of specialty undermines primary care.  

Resources

Annals of Family Medicine | September 2013
The Brookings Institution | April 2013
A NEW VISION FOR CALIFORNIA’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Integrated Care with Aligned Financial Incentives | February 2013
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative | January 2010
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