America's Place in Primary Care: US Ranks Low Among Wealthy Nations

"Exhibit 1. US adults are among the least likely to have a regular doctor or place to go for care." More findings from a Commonwealth Fund report follow.

Access in the United States to effective primary care has been limited by historic underinvestment and by a chronic low supply of the front-line practitioners, among other issues, authors of a new report from the Commonwealth Fund state.

The findings of the report, Primary Care in High-Income Countries: How the United States Compares, may not be completely unexpected but are sobering, inlcuding US ranking as 11th out of 11 high-income countries in likelihood of adults to have a primary care provider or access to home visits or after hours care. More findings are summarized in the slides that follow.

Note: * denotes statistically significant difference from US at p<.05 level throughout.