The Direct Primary Care Podcast
About This Show
The Direct Primary Care (DPC) Podcast is a podcast series about this new and innovative model of primary care. Once thought to be a practice arrangement only for the wealthy, this insurance-free model has expanded as an outgrowth of concierge medicine as a feasible and sustainable model of primary care for everyone. As primary care doctors leave the traditional insurance model in droves, DPC has only picked up in momentum. This podcast hopes to empower those interested DPC to do their part to become part of the movement, helping bring the model out of the fringe and into the mainstream. Mainly focused on healthcare providers, those in the insurance industry, hospital administration, healthcare economics, public policy and even patients will find the content of this podcast of interest. In each episode, I interview leaders in the Direct Primary Care field about different DPC subtopics ranging from the most quotidian to the most abstract. Featured guests include Dr Josh Umbehr of Atlas MD, Dr Jeff Gold of Gold Direct Care, Dr Ryan Neuhofel of NeuCare and Mr Jay Keese of the Direct Primary Care Coalition. So tune in for discussion with these guests and others on all things Direct Primary Care.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 8: The Origins, Current State and Future of Direct Primary Care
In Episode 8 of the Direct Primary Care Podcast, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Garrison Bliss, the first doctor to practice direct primary care and the founder of Qliance, the nation's first direct primary care practice. In their discussion, Dr Bliss discussions the origins of his motivation to pioneer the direct primary care model, including a frustration with insurance-based care that made it difficult for him to provide the quality of care he felt he could provide. While a couple of his colleagues formed a concierge practice charging $1000 a month per patient, he wanted his practice to be accessible to every day people. As a result, he founded the nation's first direct primary care practice in 1997, which then turned into Qliance in 2007. Since then, the direct primary care movement has exploded from a few doctors in the late 1990s to thousands of doctors. The reason for the growth of the movement is clear, says Dr Bliss, doctors and patients are tired of care-giving arrangements dictated to them by insurance companies. As a result, they are flocking to the DPC model in droves, improving the relationship between doctors and patients. This improved doctor patient relationship is what drives the DPC movement and what will ultimately be responsible for its success, says Dr Bliss, but it will ultimately depend on the motivation of grass roots activists (both doctors and patients) who have seen the model succeed to keep the movement going and push it into the mainstream.