Doctor office cartoon If the employer shifts their money from paying for services and instead moves that investment into a direct primary care relationship, their employees should get better care. Right?

Direct primary care makes complete sense as a concept. In the real world, of course, it’s a bit more messy and complicated, especially within the confines of an employer’s health plan, and finding the right pathway to achieve the desired results is sometimes tricky. Replacing the traditional entry point to a health care journey with a higher-performing primary care partner sounds ideal, up until the point when personal preferences and emotional bonds prove larger barriers than originally expected.

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