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2153, 24 Nov 17

Bill to Allow Direct Primary Care

Anything that removes the third party from the Dr./Patient relationship is a step in the right direction. And the more that health insurance is relegated to insurance, and not a healthcare maintenance plan, the better.

Doctors who let patients or their employers pay a monthly fee for primary care, outside of health insurance, could continue the arrangements free from insurance regulations under a proposed bill in Wisconsin.

In direct primary care, a national trend with mixed financial success, people pay $20 to $100 a month or more for unlimited primary care services, such as routine visits and lab tests.

Many of the patients carry high-deductible or catastrophic health insurance to cover major medical expenses.

The model helps patients with significant deductibles afford primary care and frees up doctors from paperwork, said Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, who is seeking sponsors for the bill, along with co-sponsor Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield.

“It cuts out any government bureaucracy, or an insurance company, from being in the middle of that relationship,” said Sanfelippo, head of the Assembly’s health committee.


2153, 24 November 2017


  1. dad29

    Yup.  It’s a good idea that works.

    So Mitch McConnell will kill it, if at all possible–even though it’s not in his scope of responsibility.

    Like Alabama elections.

  2. billphoto

    Speaking for my personal benefit, I hope this becomes law.

    Off topic, while I doubt Mitch McConnell can do anything about a Wisconsin law, I have spent some time in Kentucky and found it nearly impossible to find anyone that liked McConnell but many opposed to his views so I have to wonder how this man got elected?

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