Direct Primary Care Practices Bypass Insurance: Concierge Medicine for the Masses is Here To Stay!

Dave Chase, Forbes contributor and Healthcare IT CEO of Avado,  offers us a detailed look at the Direct Primary Care, or concierge medicine for the masses, via California Healthcare Foundation. Please download the full document via California Healthcare Foundation link at the bottom. The article offers a comprehensive look at direct primary care, which relates to concierge medicine’s retainer model.

Direct primary care (DPC) is an emerging model that has gained some attention in California and nationally in recent years. Sometimes referred to as “retainer practices,” DPC practices generally do not accept health insurance, instead serving patients in exchange for a recurring monthly fee — usually $50 to $80 — for a defined set of clinical services.

This issue brief describes the landscape of DPC practices, which collectively have more than a half million people on their rolls. Five large practices that use the retainer model are highlighted in the issue brief. The patient rosters are estimations:

DPC providers help keep costs low by avoiding unnecessary referrals and by referring mainly to specialists willing to offer significant discounts. Despite this advantage, the DPC model may be hampered by low awareness among health plans and primary care physicians, resistance from some insurers, and resistance from competing hospitals and specialists.


On Retainer: Direct Primary Care Practices Bypass Insurance (618 K)

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