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DPC Burnout [YES, it is a thing] | Using your own definition of “burnout,” please answer this …

(C) The Direct Primary Care Journal (The DPC Journal)

AUGUST 13, 2018 – Over ayear ago we examined the industry and niche specific side of a DPC-burnout in a May 2017 The DPC Journal reader survey. The fact is, and you probably won’t be surprised to hear it, although some will be … it is extremely low, BUT, it is out there.

In 2018 alone, nearly 58% of DPC Physicians said debt for their startup in DPC was an average of $92,083.33 per practice. ~DPC Journal, Jan-May 2018 Physician Poll. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the average medical school debt balance for graduating physicians in 2015 was $183,000, and is no doubt higher today. Add that burden to their average undergraduate balance of $24,000 and the total average student loan balance for a doctor is $207,000.

DPC-burnout is on the rise and the issues are primarily centered around: moonlighting; patient retention; and running a business from the management and financial side.


  • 47% of Physicians reported that they went into debt to start their DPC medical practice.
  • The DPC Journal finds that 41% of practices are female DPC Doctor-owned clinics under the age of 49. Conversely, 36% stated they are male DPC Doctor-owned practices and under the age of 49.
  • Nearly 10% of DPC Physician polling respondents stated that they believe some DPC clinics today won’t be able to stay in operation due to lack of local consumer interest. The DPC Journal also found that closures of DPC clinics are not being closely monitored nor reported.
  • Less than 18% of DPC Physician stated they believe DPC should be defined by price. A majority of Physicians believe price shouldn’t matter and that the Doctor’s service offering/membership fee should be based upon the services offered, level of education, demographics, etc.
  • In 2017, we saw subscription fee increases in monthly memberships rise by an additional $20-$50/pmpm. In 2018, nearly 8/10 monthly DPC subscription fees are now trending between $51-$99/pmpm.
  • 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 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.).


DPC JOURNAL Physician Poll: BUSINESS EDU. REQUIREMENTS — How many business education hours [or #er of courses] did you take in medical school?

Answer/Results: Less Than 5 Business Educatuin Courses – 62.07% 


DPC Journal POLL: Why My DPC Practice failed? (Check all that apply)

TAKE THE 2018 DPC Journal | Stress In The Physician Workforce Survey >


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