Legislation Approved to Allow for New Model of Medical Care (HB 769)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
With the goal of putting the emphasis in health care back on the well-being of the patient and the patient’s relationship with his or her physician, the Missouri House approved legislation this week to pave the way for a Direct Primary Care model of health care delivery. The sponsor of the bill compared the model to having a doctor on retainer in much the same way a client would keep an attorney on retainer. The sponsor also made it clear that in this model insurance is not involved.
In the arrangement, the patient would pay a set monthly fee and could then receive all the direct primary care they need. Under the bill, patients would be able to pay for these services with pre-tax dollars from a health savings account. In addition, employers could offer to pay these fees or reimburse their employees who choose to participate in direct primary care arrangement.
Supporters of the idea see it as a way to avoid the bureaucratic maze that is too often part of modern health care, and instead allow doctors to focus on providing the best possible care to their patients.