By The Advisory Board | Daily Briefing | March 2, 2017
The model may grow in popularity
9:30 AM – March 2, 2017
More physicians are practicing “direct primary care,” a method of care provision that lets patients pay a modest monthly fee for everything from office visits to basic lab tests—and which cuts down on costly overhead and enables physicians to focus on patient care, Melinda Beck reports for the Wall Street Journal.
Spotlight on direct primary care
According to the Direct Primary Care Journal, direct primary care memberships typically:
- Cost between $25 and $85 per month;
- Cover office visits, 24/7 support, basic lab tests, vaccinations, scans, and generic drugs; and
- Serve patients ages 29 to 59 with incomes below $93,000.
It’s a similar model to so-called concierge medicine practices, which typically charge a monthly fee between $101 and $225, according to Concierge Medicine Today. However, according to Beck, concierge practices frequently bill insurers or patients for individual office visits and offer other value-added services, such as wellness assessments.