News broke out of Washington that a new healthcare bill passed in the House, but judging by conflicting reports nobody really knows what that means for us- the working class of America.
What we really need though is a bill that passes the sniff test… one that uses a little common sense. Improving healthcare takes 3 key ingredients:
Access- Better access to preventative care, screening and acute problems prevents serious complications. It also helps patients and providers make more informed decisions. The good news? Preventative care is the most affordable component of healthcare.
I’m happy to report that direct primary care meets all those criteria and it’s less expensive. Plus, cost becomes much more[JS1] predictable, allowing insurance to cover the big expenses (like it was designed to do.) Finally, the data is in and patients actually do experience better outcomes (check out the references):
 Andrea Klemes et al., “Personalized Preventative Care Leads to significant Reductions in Hospital Utilization,” The Journal of Managed Care, Vol. 18, No. 12 (December 2012), pp. e453-e460, http://www/ajmc.com/publications/issue/2012/2012-12-vol18-n12/Personalized-Preventative-Care-Leads-to-Significant-Reductions-in-Hospital-Utilization
Leigh Page, “The Rise and Further Rise of Concierge Medicine,” British Medical Journal, October 28, 2013, p. 2, http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6465