Efforts to increase the value of health care by allocating more resources to primary care have used the share of total health care spending attributed to primary care as a measure of success. A 2019 study found that primary care represented 2% to 5% of total spending among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in 2015.1 We assessed the share among individuals younger than 65 years covered by employer-sponsored insurance from 2013 to 2017.
Reiff J, Brennan N, Fuglesten Biniek J. Primary Care Spending in the Commercially Insured Population. JAMA. 2019;322(22):2244–2245. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.16058
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