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Doctor Primary care spending by payers is declining, falling to 4.67% of total national commercial health care spending in 2019, compared to 4.88% in 2017.

Two related studies call for a new emphasis on primary care and make a series of recommendations on improving primary care delivery that have implications for policymakers, health providers, and payers.

The two reports have been highlighted by the Primary Care Collaborative, a nonprofit coalition of health care stakeholders that seeks to improve primary care in the United States. The collaborative’s report, “Primary Care Spending: High Stakes, Low Investment,” looks at primary care spending in the US., and draws on a study by the National Institutes of Medicine (NAM), released on May 4. Both reports outline ways to improve primary care delivery in the U.S.

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