Health Is Primary: Charting a Path to Equity and Sustainability

PCC Annual Evidence Report

"Health is Primary" unpacks the major drivers of this downward trend in primary care relationships and examines access to high-quality primary care across communities.

Download the 2023 Evidence Report

The 2023 PCC Evidence Report, Health is Primary: Charting a Path to Equity and Sustainability, looks at factors driving the downward trends in primary care: fewer clinicians practicing primary care, fewer available primary care appointments for patients, lower spending on primary care as a share of total spending, and fewer adults reporting that they have usual source of primary care. These factors include both demand and supply side trends that are affecting all communities, but hitting some communities and demographic groups especially hard. The report suggests that the net effect of primary care worforce inflows and outflows led to a loss of 10 clinicians per 100,000 across the U.S. in 2019.

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Executive Summary

The Executive Summary provides an overview of the 2023 PCPCC Executive Report. This concise version summarizes the qualitative and quantitative findings.

Executive Summary

Release Event

The offical release of the 2023 Evidence Report occured on October 26. This webinar included an introduction by William E. Fox, MD, Chair-elect of the American College of Physicians, a review of the report's findings by lead author Alison Huffstetler, MD, Medical Director of the Robert Graham Center, and reactions from a diverse panel including: Frederick Asasi, JD, MPH, Executive Director of Families USA; Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, NP, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Scientist at George Washington University; Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, Director of the Caroline Health Workforce Center; Denee Moore, MD, Family Medicine Physician at Virginia Commonwealth University Health.

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