by Katherine Restrepo
Director of Health Care Policy, John Locke Foundation
I’ve written a lot about how direct primary care (DPC) helps save money on health care claims because these doctors can spend more time with their patients by opting out of insurance. There are many different DPC models. Entrepreneurial-minded physicians are hanging their own shingles. Others are running their practices as non-profits in which patient membership fees offset the cost of charitable care provided to low-income patients unable to pay. And then there are larger organizations such as Paladina whose salaried physicians care for employees of large self-insured employers – like Union County.
This past week at the John Locke Foundation, Union County HR executive director Mark Watson presented the latest findings on cost savings for Union County DPC participants compared to workers who opt to stick with solely a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP).
I give you the key takeaways:
For the full presentation, view it here.