I find it amazing when I see journals like these and realize that DPC doctors have NONE of these problems. So, let’s look at the list in the image and laugh together, shall we?
- Paperwork and administrative burdens (nope)
- Physician burnout and autonomy (nope)
- Saving for retirement (you can save so much more being on your own)
- Increased competition (you only need 600 patients)
- Getting paid (we get paid every month)
- EHR usability (SOAP notes in a friendly EHR. That’s easy.)
- Hiring excellent staff (one person is all you need)
- Transitioning to value-based care (we are value-based care without the nasty bureaucratic after taste).
Medical Economics is a journal created for doctors in the system. They used to have Rob Lamberts, MD do a DPC section but I haven’t seen one in a long time. Maybe they get hate mail about Direct Primary Care, who knows?But DPC does have some challenges, like every business. I will name some:
- Finding a partner if you want to expand
- Getting business to join
- Filling your practice
- Dealing with difficult patients
Can you name some other ones so we can rank them and put that information out?
What do you think are the biggest DPC challenges?