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Trump seen good for direct primary care

“The free-market capitalism favored by the president-elect ¬†{Trump} may be good for direct primary care (DPC). In DPC practices, patients receive a high level of primary care with longer visits and direct access to the personal physician and team, bypassing the often frustrating access of high-volume busy practices. Such patients usually have a high-deductible health plan for catastrophic care and major medical needs. Trump supports Health Savings Accounts and I speculate he would support any model of care that allows patients to directly pay for care.”


The Direct Primary Care model

 

A look the Direct Primary Care model of medicine. This Medscape article explains that in the DPC:

“Physicians do not bill the patient’s insurance, and the associated overhead savings result in the chance to offer affordable prices for patients. Patients often have their physician’s e-mail, cell phone number, and so on, and periodic (usually monthly) fees take the place of fee-for-service billing.

“A DPC practice is one that (1) charges a periodic fee and (2) does not bill third parties on a fee-for-service basis (at least for its DPC patients), and for which (3) any per-visit fee is less than the monthly equivalent of the periodic fee. This definition is designed to protect practices from being defined as unlawful ‘insurance’ companies. It also distinguishes DPC from concierge medicine models that typically charge higher monthly fees and continue to bill the patient’s insurance in addition to the monthly fee.”


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