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Schimpff, MD: Direct primary care does not equate to patient abandonment

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Jun 18, 2018

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Editor’s Note: Welcome to Medical Economics’ blog section which features contributions from members of the medical community. These blogs are an opportunity for bloggers to engage with readers about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The opinions below are that of the author and not of UBM / Medical Economics.

I frequently hear the lament that when a primary care physician converts to direct primary care (DPC)/retainer-based/concierge care models,  a lot of patients get left out, equating to patient abandonment. Some go so far as to suggest that it is unethical for the physician to downsize. I find this a false argument.

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SOURCE: http://www.medicaleconomics.com/article/direct-primary-care-does-not-equate-patient-abandonment?elq_cid=117678&elq_mid=1952&rememberme=1

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