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2018: DPC Journal Releases Patient Opinion Survey with 1,100+ Responses on Importance of Cost, Relationship and Trust with a DPC Doctor

ATLANTA, GA USA — OCT. 26-27, 2018 — THE STORY WALL was UNVEILED IN ATLANTA, GA USA last October 2017, by the trade publications CMT and The DPC Journal and put together as a collaborative educational centerpiece … it was a larger than life statement FOR DOCTORs across the U.S. who are trying to understand why real patient are moving towards subscription-style medicine relationships with a Physician. Over ‘1,100 Reasons Why Actively Seeking Patients’ were presented with thousands more to come in OCTOBER 26-27, 2018 — Register to Attend the CMT/DPC Journal FORUM in Atlanta this fall, 2018 — Register Early — Limited Seating Available — Learn More Here …

ATLANTA, GA USA | APRIL 13, 2018 – The Direct Primary Care Journal (The DPC Journal) today released polling results showing the optimism and awareness among prospective Patients FOR DPC (Direct Primary Care).

2017-2018 ANNUAL DPC JOURNAL REPORT — TEXTING and WORKING WITH YOUR DPC Physician to Get Results — Poll Trends in 2017 (C) 2018 The DPC Journal

“I want better care than what this area offers,” says Laurie from North Dakota in her survey. “Ten minute visits just doesn’t cover everything.”

“We took our survey a step further in January of 2018 and began to ask prospective patients seeking care from a subscription-based healthcare provider [e.g. DPC alone] across the U.S. to choose ‘Cost’ or ‘Convenience’ over ‘Friendship’ with a Doctor they know, like and can trust. Early findings from this survey are telling us that 62% of Patients want and choose … ‘Friendship with a Physician they can get to know, like and want to trust!’

“Sometimes you just need a trusted person with more knowledge than myself to guide my decision making,” said a Millennial Patient from Goose Creek, SC.

In Contrast, when Physicians are asked the same question, they ranked what they considered most important to their Patient which was Cost as most important (e.g. 46%) followed closely by Finding A Doctor I Know Like & Can Trust (e.g. 42%).

“I like the concept and I am having to leave my DPC physician I am with now,” said a Gen-Xer in our survey response.

The DPC Journal surveyed over 1,100 actively seeking patients from across the U.S. in 2017 and asked them about their overall ‘faith’ in a general Physician in today’s healthcare marketplace. Nearly 60% of those participants surveyed said ‘If DPC was not an option, they would NOT select an M.D. for their next primary care visit. 34% said they would prefer to see a Doctor of Osteopathic (D.O.) Medicine; 14% would prefer to see a Nurse Practitioner (N.P.) and 7% would prefer to see a Physicians Assistant (P.A.).

Other findings from The DPC Journal 2017-2018 survey include:

  • Question: How important is it to you that your DPC Doctor accept insurance or participate in Medicare? (1= not important at all; 5=Extremely important)
    • Answer #1: 49% ranked ‘1’
    • Answer #2: 12% ranked ‘2’
    • Answer #3: 33% ranked ‘3’
    • Answer #4: 2% ranked ‘4’
    • Answer #5: 4% ranked ‘5’
  • Question: When applicable, do you want your DPC Doctor to file claims with your insurance or Medicare?
    • Answer #1: 43% said ‘No. I don’t.’
    • Answer #2: 37% said ‘Either way. I’d be fine with that.’
    • Answer #3: 20% said ‘Yes, please! This is very important to me!’
  • Question: Your Generation Age Group
    • Millennial: 27%
    • Gen-X: 38%
    • Baby Boomer: 35%
  • Question: Rate How Important Air Quality is to you in your Doctor’s Office (1 not at all; 5 Very Important)
    • Answer #1: 12% ranked ‘1’ ranked on a scale of 1-5 on the importance of good air quality in a medical office as ‘1’
    • Answer #2: 7% ranked ‘2’ on a scale of 1-5 on the importance of good air quality in a medical office as ‘2’
    • Answer #3: 23% ranked ‘3’ on a scale of 1-5 on the importance of good air quality in a medical office as ‘3’
    • Answer #4: 25% ranked ‘4’ on a scale of 1-5 on the importance of good air quality in a medical office as ‘5’
    • Answer #5: 33% ranked ‘5’ on a scale of 1-5 on the importance of good air quality in a medical office as ‘5’
  • Question: Is The Office/Physician You Are Leaving a DPC Doctor?
    • Answer #1: 27% said ‘Yes, I am leaving my existing DPC Doctor.’
    • Answer #2: 53% said ‘No.’
    • Answer #3: 20% said ‘I do not think he/she is currently a DPC Doctor, but I don’t know.’
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Michael Tetreault, Editor-In-Chief of The DPC Journal, Concierge Medicine Today, CMT CANADA, The DocPreneur Institute–

“There is a mystique, a temperament and a curious fascination about Doctors who spend an inordinate amount of time with their patients. It’s so simple, it’s weird. And today, like it or not, a Patient wants and deserves your time and attention. That’s why they pay the subscription, keep calling you and keep texting you. They want and expect that their Doctor will be ‘present’ and ‘mentally’ dialed-in. We’re hearing routinely that they will leave your [DPC] practice in a matter of weeks if they feel they are not a priority. That’s not fair, but it’s true … While the human spirit is willing to forgive your colleagues for long wait times, errors, staffing, etc., Patients will remember and share what their last Doctor’s office visit was like.” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of CMT/The DPC Journal.

The latest 2017-2018 Annual Report and DPC Market Trends Summary by The DPC Journal (C) 2018

About The Direct Primary Care Journal (The DPC Journal)

The Direct Primary Care Journal (The DPC Journal) is an independent trade journal and online news reporting publication observing, reporting and connecting with experts from all facets of the DPC industry. The DPC Journal was created in order to fill an information void found when reporting, interviewing and researching direct primary care, direct-pay medicine and cash-only practices across the U.S. To learn more, visit: www.DirectPrimaryCare.com or www.DocPreneurPress.org.


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