Commonwealth Fund March 27, 2023
Changing how, and how much, we pay for primary care is critical to strengthening it
Medicare payment reform could have a profound effect on a field that has historically been undervalued and undercompensated
Primary care is associated with improved life expectancy and reduced health care disparities. It is the frontline of our health care system, and is critical for tackling the growing behavioral health crisis and addressing social needs of patients, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite its value, several indicators suggest that the sustainability and future of primary care is at risk. The percent of people reporting a usual source of care is declining and, compared to other high-income countries, U.S. patients report worse access...