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Direct primary care (DPC) is an alternative to the traditional fee-for-service payment model of primary care. In DPC, physicians don’t bill insurance. Instead, they charge individuals or an employer’s health plan a monthly fee in exchange for providing immediate and unlimited access, longer appointment times, and intensive coordination of care. The fee is typically between $60 and $150 per patient per month. Employers may or may not choose to cost share this expense with their employees. Patients still require health insurance to cover services rendered outside of primary care (lab tests, medications, specialty visits, x-rays, hospitalizations, surgery, ER visits, and so on), but utilization of these services drops precipitously once direct primary care enters the picture.

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