San Francisco's national public radio station, KQED News, recently reported on the rise of direct primary care, a growing model that gives physicians an alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee.
Janet Coffman, a Healthforce Center at UCSF faculty member, is quoted in the article, explaining that direct primary care will make slow and steady inroads. She doesn’t think insurance companies will fight the model, even though it cuts them out of the medical care delivery system. One major effect direct primary care could have, she said, is to further shrink the already small pool of primary care physicians.
“If I were an insurance company, I think I’d be more concerned about recruiting and keeping primary care physicians because of this,” Coffman says.
Read the full story at KQED Science.