Opinion: Pave the way for direct primary care in Wisconsin

Opinion: Pave the way for direct primary care in Wisconsin

This summer, Medicare announced plans to revisit a proposal that will offer physicians special payment for discussing end-of-life care with patients. While the topic is notorious for its role in the heated “death panels” debate, it is worth considering at another level. Fee-for-service payment arrangements, which are all but ubiquitous in U.S. health care, have led to the current system of paying providers piecemeal for each procedure or service.

This summer, Medicare announced plans to revisit a proposal that will offer physicians special payment for discussing end-of-life care with patients. While the topic is notorious for its role in the heated “death panels” debate, it is worth considering at another level. Fee-for-service payment arrangements, which are all but ubiquitous in U.S. health care, have led to the current system of paying providers piecemeal for each procedure or service.

But there’s a better way.

A new model of care has quietly emerged that promises to fix these problems in a surprisingly simple way, changing primary care as we know it by, for once, perfectly aligning the priorities and best interests of doctors and patients.

A new model of care has quietly emerged that promises to fix these problems in a surprisingly simple way, changing primary care as we know it by, for once, perfectly aligning the priorities and best interests of doctors and patients.

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