“This has legs now because it fits so perfectly with Tom Price and Paul Ryan’s agenda for fixing Obamacare,” she says. “You have a market response that’s individually oriented. It’s going to reduce spending, and it’s going to keep government out of it more, and to the Republicans that sounds like Nirvana.”
By Sandy Hausman | WVTF Public Radio
FEBRUARY 14, 2017 – As Republicans search for ways to replace the Affordable Care Act, some doctors in this country are doing something new. Tired of the expense and time required to process insurance claims, they’re charging patients a modest monthly fee and bypassing insurance entirely. This model is called direct primary care. Richmond physician Jill Zackrisson became a doctor because she wanted to help people. A devout Catholic, she felt that was her duty, but after years of training, she found it hard to practice medicine.
“On average, family physicians can spend 7 minutes of face-to-face time with their patients, and I was feeling that crunch, and becoming more disillusioned with the state of health care,” she recalls.