A health care system where physicians will be available to talk to patients anytime they want and won’t charge you for every piece of health advice they offer.
Direct primary care patients pay a monthly fee and get access to primary-care physicians via text, phone and face-to-face visits.
Doctors may see fewer patients, spend more time working with them on how to stay healthy and don’t have to deal with insurance.
Patients who use the services of direct-primary-care clinics, some 90 percent of whom have employer-sponsored care, still have insurance policies for higher-acuity care but use them far less, advocates say.
Seattle-based Health Rosetta works with benefits consultants and value-based primary-care providers to reduce costs significantly. Co-founder Dave Chase says the new type of practice is the natural evolution of a flawed health-care system in which sick patients have to wait for days or even weeks to get into see their primary-care doctors and are then left to navigate additional specialty care.
Dr. Clint Flanagan, founder and CEO of Nextera Healthcare, worked as an emergency and primary-care physician for about 15 years until he got fed up with the barriers to accessing family physicians and decided to launch his monthly-fee model. Nextera now operates about 20 centers in Colorado and another 20 outside the state, locating sometimes in populated communities and sometimes in high-employment areas near the companies that pay for its services.
Read more about this booming business model and variants in The Denver Business Journal.
Something a little different: Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care announced they are now partnering with DispatchHealth, offering on-demand mobile urgent care services in the Phoenix area.
Patients can call, go online or use a mobile app to request care at their home. An emergency room-trained medical team will then head to your location to provide medical attention.
The teams can provide mobile care such as suturing, stapling, IVs, UTI treatments, catheter insertion, lab tests, rapid infectious disease testing, wound care, sprains and strains, respiratory care and more. Mobile X-Rays can be provided.