Saving Relationship Medicine with Direct Primary Care
The concept with direct primary care is to reduce the number of patients in a PCPs practice so that each patient gets added time as needed. Often this means removing the insurance system as the payer from primary care and always it means a payment model that compensates the PCP directly by the patient. Direct primary care takes many forms. There are two principle payment systems. One is for the patient to pay the doctor directlyfor each visit, usually at a rate far below what would have been charged in the insurance model since the overheads of billing and coding have been eliminated. Many such PCPs post a defined price list – transparency. This is sometimes called direct pay or “pay at the door,” not unlike the way it was until a few decades ago before insurance morphed from being only for major medical or catastrophic issues to being essentially prepaid medical care.