Bringing Competitive Direct Primary Care to Medicare

Direct primary care (DPC) is fast becoming an accepted alternative to fee-for-service payment in the private market, but it has yet to find its way into Medicare. That needs to change as soon as possible, and there is reason to hope that it will.

DPC is growing because many physicians and patients prefer it to the traditional, and still dominant, piecemeal payment systems run by most insurance plans, including Medicare. Instead of billing for each service they provide, DPC doctors get paid a fixed sum per patient, usually in the form of a monthly membership-like fee from the patient or the patient’s health plan (which is often sponsored by an employer).

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