It’s now an established fact that companies are increasingly adopting the Direct
Primary Care model of employee healthcare. DPC’s streamlined approach offers
precise mechanisms for cost control while increasing the quality of healthcare – all
with no copays, deductibles or coinsurance(s) to meet.
While there are many advantages to providing DPC for both employers and
employees, here are the Top 5 Reasons Companies Benefit From Direct Primary
1) We start with the clearest fact – Direct Primary Care Saves Money
Direct Primary Care offers increased patient access, extended time with the doctor,
and physician-led healthcare navigation for a remarkably affordable flat monthly fee.
Rates typically range between $30-90 a month per employee, and DPC isn’t prone to
large annual premium increases unlike the traditional healthcare model.
When incorporated into a self-funded plan, healthcare claims are easier to manage,
and the total package is typically lower in cost than traditional insurance. In fact,
studies show that savings as a percentage can be in the double digits.
For employers who offer traditional high-deductible health insurance, adding DPC
provides real value and savings indirectly.
2) DPC Reduces Absenteeism and Offers Convenience
Direct Primary Care provides employees a high level of unfettered accessibility to a
personal physician. It offers greater convenience with same-day or next-day in-office
appointments and longer visit times. Plus, with its Virtual DPC component
(telemedicine), where patients can communicate with their physician through email,
phone, text or video-conference from work or home. This means that employees miss
less time at work when needing to consult with their personal doctor. These benefits
are especially valuable for employees with chronic conditions with needs for
consistent monitoring, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
3) Better Healthcare Improves Productivity – For less, increase productivity.
Beyond improved accessibility and unhurried consultation or visit times, which
inadvertently strengthens the bond of the primary care relationship, also, there are
no copays or deductibles to meet, This helps to keep employees healthy by
addressing healthcare issues as they are smouldering and before they become a fire.
The prevention, ongoing management and addressing of acute health issues as they
arise helps to keep employees functioning optimally. It’s pretty straightforward.
4) DPC Offers a Recruiting & Retention Advantage
The lower cost of the DPC model of healthcare allows companies to increase their
benefits package and allows smaller companies to offer healthcare benefits where
they couldn’t otherwise. The level of care that DPC provides offers employees and
their families an exceptionally high service standard in personal healthcare – one
that they will appreciate. With unlimited access to their doctor, employees
experience deeper, more productive doctor/patient relationships that are unheard of
in the current insurance-based clinic environment.
5) Offering DPC is a Practical Way to Promote Your Company’s Health-Oriented
Culture and Commitment to Employees
DPC is healthcare and not just used for “sick care” alone. DPC is proactive,
convenient and follows your employees wherever they work, play or travel. Offering
DPC is a substantive way to show your company’s commitment to optimal health.
As it is today, companies interested in saving money on healthcare while increasing
employee benefits at the same time, migrating to the DPC healthcare model is
almost becoming a given.
And while many larger companies have already integrated DPC into their benefits
packages, companies with as few as 10 employees can similarly tow the path of direct
primary care model of healthcare for their staff.
You bring up a good point that direct primary care is proactive and convenient for employees. I think it is important to make sure your employees can take care of small medical issues so they don’t later become big problems. I would love to work for a company that offered this service.