Investing in Primary Care: The Pathway to Better Health and Equity in the United States

Updated: May 27, 2022

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Primary care is the foundation of a well-functioning health care system and a cornerstone of healthy, thriving communities. Evidence demonstrates that health systems offering robust access to primary care have better outcomes and fewer disparities among patients, as well as overall lower costs. This brief highlights the recent data that indicate primary care in the United States (U.S.) is underfunded and that increased investment in primary care would increase access to and ultimately produce better, more equitable health outcomes.