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Direct Primary Care
« on: November 22, 2019, 01:35:56 PM »
https://mapper.dpcfrontier.com/

Found this on reddit. Basically you pay monthly, few practices here are 50-80 bucks per month. You get free visits and heavily discounted services.

Here's a pricing sheet for one near me:
https://www.palmettoproactive.com/services-pricing

Rather interesting. Anyone ever heard of it? Seems like a great complement to our catastrophic (only) coverage.

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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2019, 01:51:00 PM »
>heard of it

Yes, an acquaintance started a practice here about 2 years ago.  Debbie has her doubts as to whether there is enough population here to support it.

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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2019, 05:10:19 PM »
Interesting. There's one in Fresno - $1500/year. Since I go to the doctor roughly once every five years, that's a lot for me. But for people with more frequent needs, that seems pretty good depending on how it works with the deductible on your other insurance... which hopefully you have.

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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2019, 07:48:16 PM »
Cash and cure doctors are starting to pop up here.  They don't take insurance patients just cash up front in exchange for a huge discount. 

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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2019, 10:09:54 PM »
Interesting. Looks like you could get your money worth if they'll let you run all the tests you want.

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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2019, 12:12:39 AM »
>tests

I think the costs for outside services like labs are on your dime.

>$1500

I think that's what the local guy was charging, too.


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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2019, 12:43:21 PM »
I can see the appeal for a subscription service for the doctor - steady cash flow.  After all the doctor has monthly bills to pay too.

>tests

I have an arrangement with my GP.  I pay cash for routine visits about every 6 mo. which includes a blood test over 20 years.  Back when I had employer paid full health insurance a blood test was over $200.  Then for a time I had no health ins. but found a cash and carry blood drawing center and the cost was about $100.  Then I moved and switched to my current doctor who draws blood in house at no markup and the cost is $25 and I write a check.  All these places were sending the samples to the same regional lab for processing.   




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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2019, 01:10:11 PM »
This seems like a really plausible solution for the general public, if the docs can make the numbers work.

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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2019, 09:58:03 PM »
>I pay cash for routine visits

Same. Was told to ask for "self pay" rates.

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Re: Direct Primary Care
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2019, 12:55:22 AM »
Yup. Theresa's physical therapist has an insurance rate and a cash rate. Even if we did ever meet the deductible, the co-pay on the insurance rate is not that different from the cash rate.

That tells you something about how broken the US insurance system is.