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Invest in Primary Care To Cut Costs, Reduce Overuse

from FierceHealthcare

One solution to improve the U.S. healthcare system is more investment in primary care, and one state that has enhanced primary care is now seeing the benefits. Increased access to and use of primary care can reduce readmissions and help cut costs, so embracing it is crucial for improved outcomes, according to Russell S. Phillips, M.D., director of the Center for Primary Care and the William Applebaum Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, in a blog post from Health Affairs. Despite that, just a fraction of spending in the system is on primary care. more

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