5 Key Points About Direct Primary Care (DPC)
By The Heritage Foundation, Daniel McCorry
- Direct primary care is financed by direct payment, outside of insurance, usually in the form of a monthly fee. In return, patients have ready access to physicians who deliver continuous, comprehensive, and personalized primary care.
- Direct primary care resolves the growing frustrations with the current health care system, particularly problems with third-party payment, paperwork, and government bureaucracy, experienced both by patients and by their physicians.
- Preliminary data show excellent outcomes for patients enrolled in direct primary care and a reduction in health care costs.
- Policymakers should create a legal and regulatory environment that is less restrictive toward direct primary care.
- If policymakers will encourage change, innovation, and competition instead of just reacting to the increasingly dysfunctional status quo, the possibilities are endless.