Direct primary care is the free market applied to health care

When I share information about Direct Primary Care with others, I’m often met with fierce resistance and disbelief. I’ve even been told that I’m full of, well, you know what!  So today, when I saw this interview with Dr. Josh Umbehr of Atlas M.D. I couldn’t wait to share it!  Dr. Umbehr shares with us the highlights of Direct Primary Care and how the revolutionary healthcare model is changing the way Americans receive their primary care.

Dr. Josh Umbehr on the Rapid Growth of Direct Primary Care

“Direct primary care is the free market applied to health care. It’s medicine finally taking the best elements of other business models such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu and applying them to an industry that’s ten or fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of business structure. It brings a very high-value, low-cost model to the masses.”

Here are some of the highlights of Direct Primary Care and how it saves money for the masses and fixes access to care, by far the most agregious problem in the healthcare systems of “every other developed country”, as well as in America. (Quotes below from Dr. Josh Umbehr in his interview by Tim White of the Objective Standard)

  1. Direct Primary Care brings a membership model to healthcare: “We charge $10 per month for kids, or $50 to $100 per month for adults, based on age.”
  2. Direct Primary Care lowers the cost of health insurance, because it removes the cost of basic care from insurance, saving insurance for the catastrophic claims it should be used for: “Direct primary care makes insuring the routine 80 percent of your health care unnecessary.”
  3. Direct Primary Care lowers the cost of procedures, prescriptions, labs and x-ray: “My best example is an EKG—it costs thirty-six cents, so we do it for free. The coffee in the waiting room costs more than that.” “Just as Amazon can use its size, technology, and resources to find the best prices for me, we can do the same for patients when it comes to medications and labs. We can get those things wholesale at giant savings, sometimes up to 95 percent off.”
  4. Direct Primary Care saves money for the chronically ill and those who might need high tech imaging such as CAT, PET or MRI: “A diabetic patient may have trouble getting his A1c testing covered because it’s expensive. We can do that test for $2.25. It’s $150 at most other places. A diabetic can get a thousand pills of Metformin—more than a year’s supply—for $11.” “We may not have in-house the orthopedic surgeon who does the surgery, but we can certainly do the MRI that the surgeon will need. Instead of $3,000, we do it for $300.”
  5. Direct Primary Care provides quality healthcare: “There’s “cost-effective” health care, which would say, “Don’t do mammograms until you’re forty-five or fifty,” depending on what guideline you use. Well, if you have a family history of breast cancer and you’re worried about it, you might start doing mammograms at forty. Some people will say you’re not cost effective, but I say, “That’s what the patient wanted, and it’s $75 for a mammogram through a direct primary care provider. She can comfortably afford it, and it buys her peace of mind—that’s quality care.”
  6. Direct Primary Care provides value to its patients: “The nausea medicine Zofran, prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness, is around $120 for thirty pills. We get it wholesale for $2.65.” “Doctors can order brand-name newborn diapers wholesale for $0.02 per diaper. We can get a case of 240 diapers for even less at $3.77—it sells for $38 on Amazon.” DPCs resell wholesale items like diapers and prescriptions to their patients at cost; they do not mark them up.
  7. Direct Primary Care routinely saves patients thousands on emergency or urgent care.  Consider this tweet from a Dr Janice M Hudson, MD.

In conclusion, we as Americans can do better than “other developed countries”, and what makes us different is freedom.  If the government would allow us to buy wraparound insurance to protect us from unforeseen catastrophes, healthcare in America would once again become affordable for the masses, freeing us from waste so that we could use money saved to protect those who are truly in need.

 

 

 

Urgent Care in Your Home

Dispatch Health is a growing company that provides house calls for urgent care. They accept most insurance plans , including Medicare, and they can now be found in several cities across the USA including:

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Ricmond, VA
  • Houston, TX
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Phoenix, AZ

There are several advantages to using Dispatch Health for urgent care.

  • It costs much less than the ER, and if you have health insurance, it typically costs the same as your urgent care copay.  If you don’t have insurance, the cost of a Dispatch Health visit will set you back about $150-$300, still far less than a visit to the ER.
  • They come to you, so there’s no need to sit in a crowded, infected waiting room, where you could be exposed to other diseases.
  • No traveling while you are ill
  • They can treat a number of ailments that require urgent care, and prescribe medication for you on the spot.
  • They can see you within a short time of requesting care.

The next time you are very ill don’t avoid treatment due to the cost, and don’t make an expensive trip to the ER. Just call Dispatch Health. Get immediate treatment for an affordable price.

ZocDoc-Find a Doctor App!

I was doing my usual weekly reading and learning, looking for health care products that provide real value to my followers, when I learned of this app called ZocDoc!

ZocDoc is a free app you can install on your phone.  When you need to find a doc that takes your insurance, just put in your zipcode and the type of doctor, along with your insurance network name, and the app will return a list of docs in your area, and when their next available appointment time is.  You also get to read some info about the doctor, and look at reviews from other patients.  Many ZocDoc doctors also use txt and email communication with their patients, another huge bonus.  It’s all about improving care, and ZocDoc is helping the movement.

Get the ZocDoc app!