Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

Congratulations to the Montana DPC doctors who were highlighted in the US News and World Report on Direct Primary Care! Here’s an example:

Their provider, Dr. Lexi Tabor-Manaker, opened Glacier Direct Primary Care clinic in 2018. The model known as DPC, which can also stand for direct patient care, furnishes basic health care to patients for a set fee, often billed monthly like a subscription. The arrangement offers patients unlimited access to their doctors and allows them to communicate by phone or email. But the costs are all out-of-pocket.

Unfortunately the author goes a little off kilter from there:

Direct primary care practices have been emerging around the country, but they are often criticized for not offering the patient safeguards of traditional insurance.

Hmmm. The “patient safeguards” of traditional insurance? What the hell does that even mean? Do you mean the “financial gouging” of traditional insurance? Listen, no doctor offers insurance and all DPC doctors see patients who have insurance. We just don’t bill the insurance. It’s that simple. We also don’t bill for co-pays, office visits, procedures, telemedicine visits, texting, etc. But we do give much more time to each patient. All for less than a cell phone monthly payment.

Feel free to read the original article and see what you think.

16630cookie-checkUS News and World Report Does Piece on DPC and Mentions Dr. Lexi Tabor-Manaker

By Doug Farrago

Douglas Farrago MD is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

One thought on “US News and World Report Does Piece on DPC and Mentions Dr. Lexi Tabor-Manaker”
  1. “Another criticism, one leveled by traditional health insurers, is that the monthly fee often doesn’t save people money. Patients would have to go to the doctor several times a year to make the direct primary care monthly payments worthwhile, and people usually don’t make that many visits, said Richard Miltenberger, CEO of Mountain Health Co-Op, a nonprofit health insurance cooperative that sells health insurance in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.”

    People in the old system don’t see docs for years! If they even have one. DPC enables more prevention, but requires educating patients. People should communicate with their docs more often. “Go to their doctor?” Really? How about texting, as I do, about four to five times a year? No office visit required.

    Heh. Doug, challenge Miltenberger to debate 🙂

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