Would Paying Your Doctor Cash Up Front Get You Better Care?

The old-fashioned pay-as-you-go model for primary care is getting tested anew.i

The old-fashioned pay-as-you-go model for primary care is getting tested anew.

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The old-fashioned pay-as-you-go model for primary care is getting tested anew.

The old-fashioned pay-as-you-go model for primary care is getting tested anew.

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A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by frustration with insurance requirements, are bringing “health care for billionaires” to the masses, including people on Medicare and Medicaid, and state employees.

It’s called direct primary care, modeled after “concierge” medical practices that have gained prominence in the past two decades. In those, doctors typically don’t take insurance, instead promising personalized care while charging a flat fee on a monthly or yearly basis. Patients can shell out thousands to tens of thousands of dollars annually, getting care with an air of exclusivity.

Direct primary care is much less pricey. Patients pay $100 a month or less directly to the physician for comprehensive primary care, including basic medication, lab tests and follow-up visits in person, over email and by phone. The idea is that

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/13/462898517/can-concierge-medical-care-work-for-the-middle-class?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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