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Research Letter
December 10, 2019

Primary Care Spending in the Commercially Insured Population

Author Affiliations
  • 1Health Care Cost Institute, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2019;322(22):2244-2245. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.16058

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.