What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care is a growing movement in the U.S. to greatly reduce overhead, and therefore expense to you, the patient, by eliminating costly inefficiencies imposed by government and private insurance. Until recently, these coverages were used to pay for even routine visits for general medical care. This was similar to using auto insurance to pay for gas fill ups and oil changes - very expensive and time consuming. (Need gas? Check to see if the station is 'in network'. Wait for prior authorization. Submit a claim. Have it rejected. Hire someone who knows the complexities of insurance billing. Wait 30-90 days for payment processing. Watch costs skyrocket.)
With Obamacare, traditional insurance premiums have continued to rise, while deductibles have often soared to $5000 or more, leaving you paying more for less. Third party payer rules and mandates on doctors have skyrocketed too, forcing them to focus more and more on the payer's wishes, and less and less on their patients, while seeing more patients during shorter visits, in an attempt to cover the rising costs. This system is not working for patients or doctors, and thus the Direct Primay Care movement has taken hold, as physicians desire to return to focusing on caring for their patients, in an affordable manner.
What if something Major happens?
By focusing on you, instead of a third party payer, we will prevent the need for expensive hospital and specialist care whenever possible. Most people will need these services eventually, however, and we recommend that patients carry a major medical plan. Consider healthshare plans (Liberty, Samaritan, Medi-share, etc., or a higher deductible "catastrophic" health insurance.
Remember, the cost to you of a traditional employer provided health insurance includes not only your contribution, but the the money your employer is sending to insurance on your behalf, which could otherwise be going to YOU, instead. Negotiate with your employer to share in these savings!
We are part of a national movement
to restore the practice of medicine to
trained professionals and the patients we serve
Do you know that the U.S. spends almost twice as much per person on health care, yet has the lowest life expectancy, in the developed world? That we spend $3 TRILLION dollars per year on health, but that 5% of the population accounts for fully one HALF of this spending? It is nowhere near as expensive or complicated to provide care for the other 95% as we are making it, especially for those who taking responsibility for their own well being, by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
I had the honor of chairing a national physicians conference on this subject, where the leadership of 20 medical organizations convened to take positive action on these issues. You can see the results, and add your voice to the call for rational and affordable health care now, at letmydoctorpractice.org.