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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...

Direct Primary Care: A New Alternative to Health Insurance
posted on: Jun 18, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

Writing Out the Insurer with the Direct Primary Care System...

While the formidable cost of health insurance prevents many Americans from receiving better health care, the new direct primary care system helps to eliminate the role of insurance altogether. Not only will it make health care more affordable, it will significantly improve health care quality as well. Can the Primary Care System Ensure Improved Health Care? In a Huffington Post article entitled “Direct Primary Care: Skip The Insurer, Get Better Health Care?”, author Catherine Pearson wrote: “The idea behind direct primary care practices (DPCPs) is that patients pay a modest, monthly fee (often adjusted according to age and existing conditions) and receive direct access to their doctor. This means practices generate revenue directly from fees and not from...

Writing Out the Insurer with the Direct Primary Care System
posted on: Jun 6, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

Resurgence of Direct Primary Care Can Help Solve Healthcare Issues...

Can a time when primary care physicians seriously doubt their profession be a good time for the revival of primary health care? Smart and shrewd investors will likely jump in where others are starting to bail out. On the other hand, when the majority view is to invest, shrewd investors usually move out. Dave Chase, a Forbes.com contributor and author of the well-written article “Solving Healthcare Requires Primary Care Renaissance”, writes that now is the right time to invest in primary care to improve the nation’s health care program. “For my money, if I could invest in family medicine residency programs right now, I would. As primary care leaders such as Dr. Glen Stream, President of the American...

Resurgence of Direct Primary Care Can Help Solve Healthcare Issues
posted on: Apr 26, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

New System to Revive the Nation’s Health Care...

Direct Primary Care or DPC is sometimes associated with concierge medicine. Like concierge health care, DPC gets directly involved in a financial relationship between health care providers and patients. It typically offers the medical care given by family or general practitioners, at an affordable monthly fee. DPC alleviates many of the financial roadblocks to health care access . It can eliminate or reduce insurance co-pays, co-insurance fees, and deductibles. Direct Primary Care is not insurance. For this reason, physicians can sidestep the overhead and the complicated process of dealing with insurers, which can cost as much as $0.40 for every dollar spent on health care. The Benefits of Direct Primary Care Over Insurance Texas health policy attorney Erin...

New System to Revive the Nation’s Health Care
posted on: Apr 25, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher
Shot In the Arm for America’s Ailing Health Care System

Shot In the Arm for America’s Ailing Health Care System...

posted on: Apr 25, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

As the cost of health insurance continues to soar, the ability to afford preventive care is now getting virtually impossible for many American patients. A unique and affordable system, however, has been catching a lot of attention lately, totally bypassing the insurance industry – Direct Primary Care or DPC. The article Direct Primary Care published by Steve Knapp in Health401k.com takes a look at DPC and how it could enhance the quality of health care for less than the cost of a ___ per day. “Direct primary care was designed to help American citizens save money on healthcare costs, and so far it has done just that. A broad definition of direct primary care includes several key attributes, such as doctors seeing fewer patients and patients having direct access to a doctor in person, by phone or email. In order to access these benefits, patients are charged an annual...

Video to Congress from the Direct Primary Care Coalition

Video to Congress from the Direct Primary Care Coalition...

posted on: Apr 25, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

The Direct Primary Care Coalition has produced a video message to Congress, underlining the value of direct primary care (DPC) in boosting the country’s ailing health care system and real cost savings.     The Message to Congress Made by the Direct Primary Care Coalition     The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 includes a provision that allows non-insurance based direct primary care medical homes to compete in state-based insurance “exchanges” starting in 2014. Their inclusion will enable more Americans to choose direct primary care, a far less expensive alternative to conventional insurance, as the leading option for their health care. It will also offer every American the opportunity to avail of high-quality and more affordable primary health care straight off from the provider rather than through an insurance company. Regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act, including those governing direct primary care, are already being drafted....

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