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Papanicolas I, Woskie LR, Jha AK. Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income
Countries. JAMA. 2018;319(10):1024–1039. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1150

It’s so common an argument, it’s almost cited as an established fact: the US doesn’t have enough primary care physicians. It’s cited as a reason for high healthcare spending in the US, as well. We pay specialists too much, primary care too little. Yet, when comparing across
countries, the US is distinctly average in its primary care workforce. Few peer nations have a greater proportion of primary care than the US. While our primary care colleagues certainly deserve better pay and working conditions, the size of the workforce is not a problem.