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By Michael Tetreault, Editor
November 20, 2013 – Priscilla in Ohio is searching for a more affordable, accessible healthcare option and tells The Direct Primary Care Journal (DPCJ) “Not often does one have the opportunity to have this kind of doctor that you feel is affordable and a real part of your life.”
She’s not alone either. It’s open enrollment time, the autumn period when many with employer-sponsored health insurance decide which plan they will choose for the coming year.
While most news reports are focused on the problems with healthcare.gov and the online health marketplaces launched in October 2013, a growing number of people have found another option.
“I’m a self-pay patient,” says Eric in Millersport, OH. “Apparently, the modern health care business model no longer knows what to do with people like me. I’m a person, not a set of billing codes. I shouldn’t have to deal with 4 separate bills from one trip to the Doctor. I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to find out what my lab work is going to cost just so that I can pay for it on the same day I get the work done. My medical care should be between me and my doctor. I see no reason why there need to be a half dozen corporate bureaucrats involved. I think you get the drift.”
Initially such “highly cost medicine” came at a very high price, ranging upwards of $5,000 to $10,000 per patient per year. Today, over 62% of the fees touted by direct-pay or cash-only doctors cost patients less than $135 per month, many are even less than $100 and range between $40- $80 per individuals according to DPC Journal sources.
Call it “Boutique Care” or “Cash only medicine”, but it’s best known as direct primary care. Generally, patients pay a monthly fee like a gym membership. And what do they get? A physical, 24/7 access to their doctor and often a number of other benefits.
The DPC Journal reports that starting in January 2014 will kick-off the most significant month in the industry’s growth, a Tipping Point. Most people sign up in January through March of each year. September is also a popular month each year for direct primary care membership program enrollment, notes The DPC Journal.
SEARCHING FOR A DPC or DIRECT PRIMARY PHYSICIAN …
Until recently, people mostly based choosing a doctor on the personal recommendation of a trusted friend or relative. Now with the advent of social media, word of mouth marketing is changing from a spoken word referral to a social media link referral. To find a DPC or direct primary care doctor near you, The DPC Journal has created a free online directory of doctors located across the U.S. in your area available at DirectPrimaryCare.com.
If you are unable to locate one using these national directories, we recommend you call The DPC Journal at 770-455-1650 and a representative will be happy to help you.