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The United States spends twice as much on our health care per person than any other developed nation. Yet our health outcomes remain behind those of our peers. We can’t afford to wait any longer to deliver a health care system that prioritizes Americans’ health. That system should be built on primary care.
The American health care system is a tapestry of options for patients. But it suffers from misplaced priorities that produce overspending and underperformance, resulting in a population that is less healthy. And with an unprecedented set of challenges that include escalating health care costs, and a health care system that is prioritizing and incentivizing the wrong types of services, the future of American health and the health care system is uncertain.
A May 2021 study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) concluded that primary care is the only discipline of medicine where a greater supply is equated to improved population health, longer lives, and greater equity. Building on NASEM’s report recommendations, Primary Care for America has outlined the following guiding principles to transform primary care in America:
It’s time to deliver Americans a health care system that prioritizes patient care above all else. That’s why we’re proud to form Primary Care for America — a diverse coalition of key partners focused on educating policymakers and health policy influencers about the value of comprehensive, continuous and coordinated primary care. Its formation serves as a commitment to our continued effort to help improve the wellbeing of the individuals, families and communities that we proudly serve.