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J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Nov-Dec;28(6):793-801. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.06.140337.

Direct Primary Care: Practice Distribution and Cost Across the Nation.

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1
From The Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC. philsq@gmail.com.
2
From The Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC.

Abstract

Direct primary care (DPC) is an emerging practice alternative that (1) eliminates traditional third-party fee-for-service billing and (2) charges patients a periodic fee for primary care services. We describe the DPC model by identifying DPC practices across the United States; distinguish it from other practice arrangements, such as the "concierge" practice; and describe the model's pricing using data compiled from existing DPC practices across the United States. Lower price points and a broad distribution of DPC practices were confirmed, but data about quality are lacking.

KEYWORDS:

Fees and Charges; Health Care Costs; Health Services Accessibility, Patient-Centered Care; Primary Health Care

PMID:
26546656
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2015.06.140337
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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