Can Medicare Boost the Use of Primary Care?

Making greater use of primary care, some people believe, would improve the health of patients and eventually reduce health care costs.

But would it?

Congress bet on this proposition when it included a ten-year increase in Medicare payments for primary care in the Affordable Care Act.

Would such an increase produce even greater benefits if was permanent?  That’s the question researchers at the Center for Studying Health System Change and Mathematica Policy Research address in a new report, “Paying More for Primary Care:  Can it Help Bend the Medicare Cost Curve?”  Read an overview of this new Commonwealth Fund report and download the complete findings here.

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