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Invited Commentary
Health Care Policy and Law
November 2017

Saving Primary Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(11):1560-1562. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4991

News of the continuing decline of primary care is everywhere and when primary care declines, our health system loses. A greater supply of primary care physicians is correlated with better population health and more favorable patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates, and more effective delivery of preventive care.1 Many patients value continuous, coordinated, comprehensive primary care; many physicians wish it were easier and economically more attractive to deliver this care.

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