Primary care, defined as core functions that patients receive from their usual source of care, is an essential component of health care and is associated with better-quality care, patient experience, and outcomes including lower mortality.1 Observational studies have also linked primary care to lower levels of spending.2 However, from a policy perspective, a key question is whether increasing primary care spending by a state or the nation would slow the growth of total health care spending.
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Song Z, Gondi S. Will Increasing Primary Care Spending Alone Save Money? JAMA. Published online August 15, 2019322(14):1349–1350. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.12016
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