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.