Direct Primary Care (DPC) healthcare is proving to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to medical care insurance, and it’s becoming a highly coveted benefit to be offered to employees in the workforce.
In this article we will discuss the types of employees that will benefit most from this health care option as well as what it actually entails. Keep reading to learn more!
What is DPC?
DPC is a type of health care where patients pay a monthly rate, much like a subscription. This fee, ranging on average between $25 and $85 each month, keeps one’s physician on a “retainer”. This means that patients do not pay for service the way that they do via a regular insurance model.
In fact, in this model there is no insurance company involved at all – instead, it is just the patient and the doctor. This means no insurance claims or deductibles in sight, making it easier for patients to coordinate medical care without having to worry about the messiness associated with insurance.
The ease of use, the ability to plan appointments on a whim, and the simplicity of the program are just a few things that set this model apart. Furthermore, doctors who practice DPC take markedly fewer patients, giving them the ability to spend longer with each patient and to build a solid patient-doctor relationship.
These doctors are also virtually always available, willing to converse with patients via phone, email, or even text when questions arise. Understanding what DPC is and what it entails is an important part of understanding the demographics of employees that this benefit will be useful for and attractive to.
Employees That Will Benefit Most from DPC
Millennials are the largest generation in this nation to date, and right now they make up a large part of the American workforce. By and large, this demographic will benefit from DPC as it is a convenient on demand healthcare system.
Because this group thrives on all things convenient, quick, and that involves technology, it is the perfect combination for them. Millennials will love building relationships with their physician and having the ability to contact them virtually when there is a need.
Those with chronic illnesses
Many argue that DPC is not a fit for patients with chronic health issues, but this could not be further from the truth. Subscribing to DPC health care gives these patients that ability to visit their doctors on a whim, get same day appointments, and to spend more time with their doctors to get to the root of problems, discuss all available treatment options, and really get to know one another as they work through one’s condition.
For these reasons, employees who suffer from chronic illnesses are bound to benefit from DPC when it is offered as a benefit at your company.
These are just a couple of the demographics of employees that DPC will positively affect. The reality is that DPC is an extremely versatile benefit that will appeal to and apply to many different genres of employees. This makes the benefit something to strongly consider offering at your organization. To learn how to do so, get in touch with us today!