by Katherine Restrepo
Director of Health Care Policy, John Locke Foundation
“If you take out the government, and you take out the insurance, boop! It’s solved,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a “recovering hospital-employed physician”, was one of many speakers to address an audience of 250 doctors at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando, Florida.
Now a DPC physician, Farrago practices apart from big medicine. He no longer works for hospitals or for insurance companies. He works directly for his patients, offering them all of their primary care in exchange for a $75 monthly fee. Because his patient panel is smaller compared to the going average of 2,300 per physician, he can devote more time and attention to their individual health needs.
I’ve written a lot about the benefits DPC offers to patients, but not enough on how it’s a way to save doctors from burnout.
Read my latest in Forbes here.