by Katherine Restrepo
Director of Health Care Policy, John Locke Foundation
The excessive amount of government intervention that has encumbered our nation’s health care system is pushing some physicians to scale back or cut off their relationships with middleman insurers to spend more time with their patients.
The innovative business model is known as direct primary care (DPC). In exchange for a monthly fee that covers a defined package of services, patients have guaranteed unlimited access to their physicians. DPC is similar to concierge medicine, but the key difference is that these practices deliver basic health care at an affordable price with no insurance billing whatsoever.
DPC has been around for years, but it’s currently a niche market. Even so, it continues to pique physicians’ interest. As of 2014, over 4,400 doctors in the US had transitioned to direct health care delivery, a significant increase from just 146 in 2005.3 DPC restores the incredible value of personalized medicine, benefitting patients, doctors, employers, and the state.
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