In our previous piece, we discussed how the lack of price transparency in the American healthcare system has become an addictive painkiller — the “opiate of the masses.” Protection from the pain of prices that are hidden (opaque) dulls our thinking just enough so that we don’t get too worked up.
There’s a different model for the practice of medicine that is gaining increasing support among physicians and patients.
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a timely subject because physicians using this model are among the best equipped, best prepared, and most effective on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic.
Pennsylvania is the first state to begin educating the general public, business groups, and medical schools about this model, and the first state to receive a grant from its medical society for that purpose. But DPC practices are springing up all over the country, with general practitioners leading the way, although specialists have started to follow.