Screen Shot 2019-08-08 at 12.21.24.pngGood primary health care has the potential to improve health, reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health, and make health care systems people-centred while making better use of health care resources. This is ever more needed in a context where OECD societies are ageing. The share of the population aged 65 years and over is expected to grow by more than 60% across OECD countries, rising from 17.3% in 2017 to 28% by 2050. Almost two in three people aged over 65 years live with one or more chronic diseases, such as depression, cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, cancer or diabetes. These people require care that is centred on their complex care needs, co-ordinated across the care pathway, and accessible geographically and over time. In addition, low-income people, homeless or minority groups often have poorer health, have multiple risk factors for diseases and face a higher number of barriers in accessing health care services, notably preventive health care services. In this context, OECD countries are under increasing pressure to make health systems better focused on community care, continuity of care, and preventing diseases. As the first point of contact with the health system, and providing comprehensive, continuous and co-ordinated care, good primary health care plays this essential function……more