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Direct Primary Care Summit: Bending the Cost Curve

By A. Patrick Jonas, MD

Friday, August 16, 2013

Direct Primary Care Summit: Bending the Cost Curve

Healthcare costs are (shamelessly) way beyond affordable by the average American Family.  How do we move toward financial reality in healthcare?

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a good start.  It is a business model that allows patients to pay their Family Physician directly.  It allows employers to pay Family Physicians directly.  It saves money.

It may even allow governments to pay Family Physicians directly someday, but both the government and the insurance companies are failing as stewards of healthcare dollars and processes.

Hundreds of Family Physicians, averaging twenty years or more in practice, have now moved into Direct Primary Care practices and more are on the way.  The movement is seeing a crescendo of activity as the transformation of healthcare crushes physician morale and shows no potential for a course correction via an increased primary care workforce.

Direct Primary Care is affordable primary care for most families.  Getting Family Physicians out of insurance plans is a critical element.  Getting health care from someone not employed by “The Beast” (Medical Industrial Complex) is another good idea.

To further advance DPC, a Direct Primary Care Summit for primary care physicians, employers, health care providers, interested medical students and residents is coming to St. Louis October 11-12 at the Airport Marriott.  Speakers such as Garrison Bliss, MD and Dave Chase, leaders in DPC will deliver the nuts and bolts of DPC for both new and veteran DPC fans and practitioners.

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