Is Direct Primary Care (DPC) the Cure for our Broken Healthcare System? That's the question that Caitlin Morse, PMP posed to me after reading my book with the same title (link to the book).
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a growing model of health care across the Nation, but does it live up to the hype? This is the question from Caitlin Morse PMP in her article on LinkedIn, among other questions, below.
During this conversation between myself, Paul Thomas MD, and Caitlin Morse PMP, we discuss the following:
What happens when your DPC doctor is sick or goes on vacation?
What does Plum Health use for EMR/EHR if not a system designed to optimize billing?
Would this model break if all of the patients currently on Medicaid were switched to this model?
The difference between Direct Primary Care and Concierge Medicine.
What about childhood vaccinations? Public health facilities won’t vaccinate people with any insurance, even if self-pay. I was quoted thousands of dollars for out-of-network vaccines. These are included with every insurance plan at the PCP - are they included with DPC?
How does this model handle malpractice insurance/liability? Does more of a focus on preventative care expose primary care doctors to greater liability?
Could DPC provide follow-up for cancer patients in remission, stroke patients post-rehab, post-acute care, etc?
The claim is made that 80-90% of what the average patient needs could be addressed by a family physician at a DPC facility, but it would be helpful to understand what that number really represents and how it compares to the current use of PCPs. Is that 80-90% of a patient’s lifetime health needs or 80-90% of what the average patient goes to the doctor for in a single year? Or everything that 80-90% of the population need from a doctor? What percentage of healthcare costs does this represent?
Who are the people who use Direct Primary Care Services? What are their income levels? Why should a family sign up for Direct Primary Care?
These are questions that folks have about Direct Primary Care and how they can use these DPC services and benefit from them, so I’m happy to take the time and answer them. Thanks for reading and watching, and have a wonderful day.
-Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC