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Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense

Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense

Touching on some of the critical concepts in health care reform, this brief from the Commonwealth Fund explains why primary care is so important to patients and also to the country’s bottom line. It looks at medical homes, a model of care in which a team of health professionals works together to ensure people get the right care, as well as ways we can change payments to doctors and hospitals to make sure care is appropriate and people are healthy and productive. Finally, it reviews how the health care reform law is designed to help strengthen primary care.