[aa_subtitle_display]Direct Primary Care (DPC) insurance models are known for the patient paying a “retainer” on a monthly, semi-annually, or annual basis in exchange for doctor’s services.
What makes this special is that the “retainer” paid entitles patients to unlimited service, and allows them to make appointments with ease, giving them nearly 24/7 access to their doctor’s input.
Subscribing to this sort of care diminishes the need for insurance companies to be the middleman between you and your doctor’s office, as there are no claims to be filed. This type of insurance is gaining popularity, particularly in recent years – which we’ve recently posted about on our blog.
However, today, we will discuss how this type of insurance affects the doctor-patient relationship.
How Direct Primary Care Impacts the Doctor-Patient Relationship
It opens the lines of communication
For doctors that work at practices that operate under the normal insurance model, that insurance company dictates much of how the practice is run.
They are able to tell doctors how many patients they should meet with each day as well as how long each appointment should last, imposing on physicians a crazy schedule. Not only does this stress out doctors, but it makes it almost impossible for them to maintain an open line of communication with their patients.
Because they are rushed and simply do not have the time in their day to have phone conversations or email exchanges with patients, it can be extremely tough for them to gain a true perspective on the health issues and concerns of their patients.
With DPC, these impositions do not exist – allowing doctors to communicate with their patients in a variety of ways. Not only do they have more time to meet with patients in the office, which we will discuss further below, but they also are able to have phone and email conversations with their patients as needed.
Some DPC doctors even are known to text their patients. Talk about keeping up with the times!
It allows for more time during appointments
DPC has a positive relationship on doctor-patient relationships because it allows doctors more time to meet with their patients when they are in for appointments – whether it be for a wellness visit or for a sick call.
Forbes notes that operating under a DPC model allows practices to effectively cut 40% of overhead that is normally spent on getting paid by insurance companies. This allows primary care providers to have longer appointments – most dedicating an hour per patient.
Say goodbye to the days of being rushed out the door when you visit your doctor’s office, people!
All in all, DPC has a positive impact on the doctor-patient relationship. In the current healthcare climate with practices being held accountable to insurance standards, doctors are unable to have the in depth close-knit relationships with their patients that they once enjoyed.
Consider providing your employees with the DPC option in your benefits package for something cost-efficient and that provides them with a stellar service they will love.