Our Mandate

The Problem

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:

Prioritize Primary Care Teams

Our health system must prioritize the role of primary care teams in promoting patient health and wellness instead of the current fee-for service framework that narrowly incentivizes ”sick” care.

Improve Access to Primary Care Services

We must improve access to primary care services for patients in underserved communities by removing barriers to care including workforce shortages and health insurance status.

Restore growth in the primary care work force

We must restore growth in the primary care workforce to ensure effective and accessible care for future generations.

Allow flexibility and innovation

The primary care infrastructure must allow for flexibility and innovation to meet individual community needs.

Increased focus on comprehensiveness of care

More resources must be allocated to primary care with an increased focused on comprehensiveness of care.

Our Platform

PCfA will create change by elevating the value of primary care through thought leaders and policymakers. We realize the health care industry has lost focus on comprehensive primary care, its value to individuals and communities, and the quality of health and health maintenance. Our goal is to re-establish and elevate primary care as a foundation for individual and community health and to  return to ongoing patient-primary care relationships to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.



The current public health emergency has affected primary care and shined a light on its current state in two ways:


Primary care physicians and clinics are a vital community partner. The pandemic showed the health care industry that primary care is a key community partner for patient care and education. However, primary care is underfunded and under-resourced.


Primary care practices are at a financial disadvantage. The fee-for-service model doesn’t appropriately compensate for the preventive/continuous care that primary care teams provide. Financially, this doesn’t provide the appropriate stability for practices. Value-based care and payment models deliver stronger financial support for clinicians (and improve patient outcomes).

Learn more from Primary Care for America with our downloadable resources.