Woman waiting in doctor's office Researchers attribute the decline in primary care use to rising deductibles and cost-sharing, along with spending in the rest of the health care system outpacing primary care spending. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Investment in primary care, as measured by primary care spending, is at an alarming low in the United States. That’s the message in a new report from the Primary Care Collective (PCC), a national nonprofit organization striving to advance primary care. In 2019, primary care spending across commercial payers was only 4.67% of total national commercial healthcare spending, falling from 4.88% in 2017.

The findings support a growing body of literature showing that health systems with a foundation of robust, comprehensive primary care achieve better and more equitable health outcomes and are less costly, according to the report’s authors.

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