Here we’ll list some noteworthy articles, news, and legislation pieces concerning Direct Primary Care.
The Death of Affordable Insurance
Jon Hersey wrote an article for CityView magazine discussing the complicated nature of health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) brought about many changes in insurance coverage. Many patients lost insurance while others gained insurance. Almost everyone experienced incredible increases in premiums which priced some patients out of affording insurance. For some, health insurance became more expensive then their mortgage without providing for more healthcare. In fact, most patients now have such high deductibles that no care is covered. DPC stands in opposition to unaffordable healthcare by providing personalized care starting at less than $1 per day.
Membership medicine give more time with the doc
This article in the Knoxville News Sentinel on September 11th, 2016 highlighted three different alternative models of healthcare that have opened up in the area: a true concierge practice, MDVIP, where physicians bill insurance for patients that pay a membership fee too, a hybrid practice where patients who are members see the physician and those who are not see a physician extender and utilize insurance, and Trinity’s direct primary care practice which only has low cost memberships and doesn’t bill any third party payers.
Dr. Mark B. McColl: Direct primary care best medical model
This is an opinion piece Dr. McColl wrote for the Knoxville News Sentinel published February 27th, 2016 in support of the upcoming Tennessee legislation that became known as the Healthcare Empowerment Act. Dr. McColl worked with the Beacon Center of Tennessee to help promote this bill. It was passed in 2016 and enacted on July 1st, 2016.