Patients pay a monthly fee for a range of basic services, eliminating the insurance middleman.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with the Wall Street Journal, The Direct Primary Care Journal (The DPC Journal), Dr. Linnea Meyer, John Meigs, Dr. Terry Ann Scriven, Dr. David Cunningham, Jay Keese, executive director of the Direct Primary Care Coalition, Mason Reiner, R-Health’s CEO, Jim Eischen and others …
“It is about what fits the patient and physicians that matters most. Doctors carrying a medical bag and coming into a patient’s home was standard into the late 1960s. Look at The Andy Griffith Show. That’s what our grandparents did. Medicine became government regulated and that started to end. It came in for a reason — there did need to be some amount of administration and consumer protection. But now regulation and administrative tasks have frustrated doctors and their patients. Regardless of definition or ones predisposition to terminology or branded business model over another, these types of innovative, affordable and reliable medical delivery models, such as the powerful and persuasive message of Direct Primary Care (DPC), put the focus entirely on the patient and physician relationship … while striving to drive down costs and enhance quality of care. There is no doubt Direct Primary Care will grow in its adoption now and in the years to come.” ~Michael Tetreault, Editor-in-Chief, The Direct Primary Care Journal (The DPC Journal, February 2017)
By Melinda Beck
Updated Feb. 26, 2017 10:56 p.m. ET – There’s no waiting room at Linnea Meyer’s tiny primary-care practice in downtown Boston. That’s because there’s rarely a wait to see her. She has only 50 patients to date and often interacts with them by text, phone or email. There’s no office staff because Dr. Meyer doesn’t charge for visits or file insurance claims. Patients pay her a monthly fee—$25 to $125, depending on age—which covers all the primary care they need. “Getting that third-party payer out of the room frees me up to focus on patient care,” says Dr. Meyer, who hopes to expand her year-old practice to 200 patients and is relying on savings until then. “This kind of practice is why I went into medicine, and that feels so good.”