Imagine going to the grocery store to buy ingredients for dinner… Only instead of ringing your items up at the time of purchase, your bill was submitted one month later… long after you consumed that dinner. Worse yet, imagine if that bill differed based on your mode of payment or even what brand of credit card you used.
Seems like a crazy idea, but that’s the industry standard when it comes to medicine. Two similar patients can pay drastically different prices for the same service. Plus they get to wait a month or so until the final bill arrives.
Fortunately, Direct Primary Care is slowly beginning to level the playing field and introduce a little transparency into medical billing. DPC practices around the country may handle their individual clinics a little differently, but the one constant is upfront, clear pricing. Many, like our own Access Med, even offer wholesale prices on labs, medications and common medical equipment.
Ultimately, this newfound transparency does more than just save patients hard-earned money by avoiding ridiculous up-charges and inflation. It also puts the patient’s health and wellness back into the spotlight. When people are provided with clear medical insight, access to their provider and predictable costs, they often make wiser decisions about their health and have better outcomes. [1,2] Let’s hope this trend continues.