Editor’s Note: Welcome to Medical Economics’ blog section which features contributions from members of the medical community. These blogs are an opportunity for bloggers to engage with readers about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Glen Stream, MD, FAAFP, MBI, a family physician practicing in La Quinta, California, who is also past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He serves as the president and board chair of Family Medicine for America’s Health. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of Medical Economics or UBM Medica.
APRIL 29, 2017 – It’s often called “concierge medicine for the masses,” the colloquial name given to direct primary care, a growing practice model that charges patients a flat monthly fee—averaging $25 to $85 a month—for office visits, lab tests and even phone or email communications. In some respects, direct primary care (DPC) harkens back to the way medicine was practiced decades ago when patients paid their physician directly.