Conclusion

The global burden of chronic respiratory disease will have an increasing impact on the economy and health, affecting the practice of respiratory medicine in Europe. Primary care offers a cost-effective and appropriate way of addressing this burden. However, some of its potential is constrained by national health policies that do not recognise its strengths and therefore do not invest in reimbursement, education, recruitment or procurement strategies which strengthen and sustain its role and contribution.

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