The Texas Primary Care Consortium is a statewide collaborative initiative with a mission to advance accessible, continuous, and coordinated person-centered care for all Texans.
We serve as the honest broker that brings together diverse stakeholders to discuss, identify, and address the multi-faceted challenges presented by our current healthcare system. Through multi-sector collaboration, we are able to identify research gaps, build capacity for pursing shared solutions, and inform policy efforts to improve the health of all Texans.
Lone Star State of Health
Primary care is the foundation of a strong and effective healthcare system. Systems and organizations built around a core primary care function can deliver higher quality, lower cost, and more equitable care. Abundant data shows that individuals in communities with a higher proportion of primary care practitioners are overall healthier and live longer.
Yet, our current healthcare system consistently falls short for everyone involved. Inequity, high costs, lack of access, and disparities in care and quality lead to frustration and sub-optimal outcomes for not only patients and providers, but communities, businesses, payors, government, and policymakers alike.
This is especially true in Texas, where our state’s shortcomings make it difficult for many to access primary care services. Subsequently, care is frequently obtained later in the course of an illness at higher-cost venues such as emergency departments. Together, these factors are contributing to a growing primary care crisis in Texas.