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Direct Primary Care: Practice Distribution and Cost Across the Nation

November 1, 2015
By Philip M. Eskew and Kathleen Klink

Direct primary care (DPC) is an emerging practice alternative that (1) eliminates traditional third-party feefor-service billing and (2) charges patients a periodic fee for primary care services.

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Direct primary care (DPC) is an emerging practice alternative that (1) eliminates traditional third-party feefor-service billing and (2) charges patients a periodic fee for primary care services. We describe the DPC model by identifying DPC practices across the United States; distinguish it from other practice arrangements, such as the “concierge” practice; and describe the model’s pricing using data compiled from existing DPC practices across the United States. Lower price points and a broad distribution of DPC practices were confirmed, but data about quality are lacking.

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