By Dan Sweeney, Reporter, Sun Sentinel
12/29/17 – Floridians may no longer need health insurance for office visits, basic lab work and other routine medical costs under a bill that looks likely to pass when the Florida Legislature begins its session Jan. 9. The bill would allow doctors to offer patients basic health care in return for a monthly fee, similar to the concierge medical services offered to wealthy individuals. But unlike those plans, which can range into thousands of dollars, direct primary care costs would range from about $50 to $100 a month, according to a legislative staff analysis of the bill. In return for that monthly payment, patients would receive no- or low-cost office visits, annual exams, routine lab work and other basic medical services, depending on the terms of the contract. And subscribers should be able to see their doctors with little or no wait. Direct primary care is already legal in Florida, but doctors have been hesitant to enter into the agreements for fear they could be subject to state insurance regulation. The bill makes it clear these contracts do not count as insurance and are not subject to insurance regulation.