US primary health care can be cheaper and more equal – here’s how

“The Covid-19 pandemic has cast the disparity between the haves and the have-nots in a harsh light.”

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips highlights the essential need for primary care to be universal, noting that studies have shown that primary care-oriented health care systems are associated with lower mortality rates and fewer heart diseases and deaths.

“Universal access to preventive care should be a right, not a privilege. If the US were to adopt universal primary care under a "capitated" model -- in which primary care doctors are paid fixed sums per patient -- a single, monthly fee would cover everything from annual physicals to skin checks, immunizations, pelvic exams, blood tests, and evaluation for and treatment of chronic diseases and other illnesses.”

Read more on how universal primary care can be done.

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