Primary Care Spending in the United States, 2002-2016

Sara Martin, MD, MSc, Robert L. Phillips Jr., MD, MSPH, Stephen Petterson, PhD, Zachary Levin, MS, Andrew W. Bazemore, MD, MPH
Submitted: May, 2020

Insufficient investment in primary care is one reason that the US health care system continues to underperform relative to the health systems in other high-income countries. States and countries with greater access to primary care clinicians and more robust primary care services have better outcomes and lower costs. For this reason, Rhode Island and Oregon have mandated measurement and targeting of primary care expenditures, and other states are considering related legislation.

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