Primary care saves lives. Here’s why it’s failing America.

Frances Stead Sellers

When it comes to saving American lives, don’t look to cardiologists, oncologists or even the made-for-TV heroes in the ER. It’s primary-care providers who offer the best hope of reversing the devastating decline in U.S. life expectancy.

That’s the conclusion reached by experts who study America’s fractured health-care system.

2019 study based on U.S. population data and published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that every 10 additional primary-care physicians per 100,000 people was associated with a 51.5-day increase in life expectancy.

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