Revitalizing the U.S. Primary Care Infrastructure | NEJM

High-quality primary care is vital but undersupported in the United States. In communities with more primary care resources, people live longer, health care costs are lower, and there is greater health equity than in areas with less primary care infrastructure.2 More than half of office visits in the United States are to primary care clinicians, yet primary care physicians make up only 30% of the physician workforce and are supported by only 5.4% of national health expenditures, and research on primary care garners just 1% of federal agency research awards.2 One in five Americans live in a federally designated primary care Health Professional Shortage Area. Primary care physicians earn 30% less than other physicians, on average, and they have among the highest rates of physician burnout.3
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1 Response to “Revitalizing the U.S. Primary Care Infrastructure | NEJM”

  1. 1 Kouros Farro August 28, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    spot on. 21 years and practicing, things are looking bleak. healthcare organizations love the less expensive version of it with mid-levels.

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