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Direct Primary Care: A New Alternative to Health Insurance

Direct Primary Care: A New Alternative to Health Insurance

A growing number of primary care physicians are finding a new health care alternative called Direct Primary Care (DPC) which they claim is more affordable and provides more benefits than conventional health insurance. DPC is not insurance and it does away with health insurance altogether.

In his program on National Public Radio®, host Robert Siegel interviews Dr. Arnold Milstein, director of the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center, about how the DPC system works.

Transcript of “Direct Primary Care: A New Option For The Uninsured” Radio Program

Below is an excerpt from the National Public Radio® program’s transcript.  It discusses some of the advantages of the primary health care model.

MILSTEIN: There are two features. Number one: it’s a fixed price so that the primary care doctor have no time constraints, as it pertains to payments that typically occurs on a cost per visit basis. And most importantly, the more enlightened versions of these models are offering care seven days a week, including after-hours care.

SIEGEL: What are the advantages to the doctors? Would doctors with a reasonable caseload that they can be available to at all hours, can they make a good living?

MILSTEIN: Absolutely. Certainly not if they try to do it alone but these are – the best of these models are typically implemented in groups so physicians can work reasonable hours. From the perspective of most primary care physicians, this offers a pathway from the what’s been referred to as life as a primary care hamster.

Read the entire transcript here

Dr. Arnold Milstein also said that Direct Primary Care offers more satisfying benefits for both doctor and patients. Under this system, conscientious primary care doctors can give better attention to the health needs of their patients.

MILSTEIN: …what it tends to do is free up physicians – since they’re being paid a monthly fee, whether they see the patients are not – to be able take the time that those patients prefer. Primary care doctors spend, you know, with them – typically patients with chronic illness – who’ve got a list of more than one, you know, minor problem to problem to handle.

And it turns out to be much more satisfying for the patient. They’re able to kind of get through their whole problem list. And also much more satisfying for conscientious primary care doctors.

Read the entire transcript here

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