doctor with child and mom TheU.S. spends between 5 percent and 7 percent on primary care as apercentage of total health care spending, compared to 14 percent inother countries. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The United States health system is under-investing in primarycare, a new report says, leading to higher costs as patients end uphospitalized or in emergency rooms. Not only is there significantvariation among states in primary care investment, the UnitedStates lags badly behind other developed nations in providing thistype of care.

The new report, “Investing in Primary Care: A State-LevelAnalysis,” was published by the Patient-Centered Primary CareCollaborative's (PCPCC). The results underlined the importance ofprimary care, which usually includes some sort of “medical home” model, where patients have aprimary provider who is familiar with their history and can directa care team.

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