Wisconsin legislation looks to regulate, acknowledge direct primary care clinics

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State lawmakers are working on legislation that would regulate direct primary care clinics in an effort to bring more affordable primary care to patients in Wisconsin.

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, said rising insurance deductibles the Affordable Care Act created cause doctors to take on more patients to make money, which means less time with a doctor for each patient.

Direct primary care clinics offer patients access to primary care without having to use their insurance plan, Sanfelippo said.

“What we’re trying to do is get some affordable options out there so people can have access to primary health care without being worried about how they’re going to pay for it,” Sanfelippo said. “In many cases, even individuals who do have insurance the deductibles and copays are so high that they are reluctant to use their insurance coverage just because they can’t afford to.”

In a direct primary care clinic, a doctor offers their services to patients for a flat monthly fee. This fee gives patients access to their primary care doctor without having to use their insurance deductible, which could save patients money if they never need to use their insurance plan, Sanfelippo said.

Read the full story at The Badger Herald.

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