The Minnesota Senate is considering making it easier for health care providers and patients to enter into direct primary care (DPC) agreements.
Senate File 2723 (S.F. 2723) would define direct primary care agreements as a form of health care instead of as health insurance, freeing primary-care providers from the state’s insurance regulations.
Instead of billing insurance companies or the government for patient care, doctors providing DPC charge patients a regularly scheduled fee and list procedure prices up front.
State Sens. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska), Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), and Michelle R. Benson (R-Ham Lake) introduced the bill on February 26.
The state Senate’s Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee met on March 28 to debate S.F. 2723 but did not vote on the bill.
Dr. Lee Gross, president of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship, says DPC can improve the quality of care.
“The DPC practice is very nimble,” said Dr. Gross. “It can respond to the patient’s immediate needs. You don’t need to bring them in the office to get paid like you do in the insurance system, and you’re not going to upcharge the patient just because they have more complicated problems that need more attention.”
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