When some people hear about Direct Primary Care, they automatically think of concierge medicine and assume they cannot afford it. DPC skeptics will tout that membership based care is only for the uber wealthy and will leave those well off behind. However, did you know that only 3% of Direct Primary Care patients would classify as "Upper Middle Class" or above nationally.
The average deductible on an employee’s insurance plan has risen 49% since 2011. That means more and more patients are finding themselves with less and less “coverage.” When your deductible rises (in an effort by your employer to control healthcare costs), your out of pocket expenses go up if you use the healthcare system at all. Often along with a higher deductible, come higher copays for specialist visits and sick visits with your primary care doctor. You go from paying very little “out of pocket” to having to cover every expense up to $2000-$6000 or more of what you need each year.
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.