HOW DOES DPC BENEFIT PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS?
In a DPC model, patients pay what’s called a periodic fee, which is usually on a monthly basis, but some physicians employ quarterly or yearly plans.
For that fee, patients have access to a full range of comprehensive primary care services. The fee is designed to pay physicians for the range of duties that are involved with taking care of patients, including communications and administrative tasks.
The fee-for-service system only pays physicians for seeing the patient in the office, while DPC physicians are free to spend larger amounts of time with the patients in a variety of settings such as telephone and electronic visits – forms of patient care that are faster and more convenient for established patients.