There are many forms of healthcare systems with different billing or payment arrangements between the patient and the health care provider. The most common systems are Direct Primary Care and Traditional Medical Practice.
Direct Primary Care (DPC), which was developed in the 1990s by a group of physicians and has doctors charging patients a monthly flat-rate ranging from $50 to $200 for all-inclusive access to a primary care physician. According to Wharton, some 20,000 physicians or roughly 4.5 percent of primary care doctors in the U.S. adopt a DPC system in their practice. Under this system, there is often no insurance co-pays, co-insurance fees and other deductibles charged to the patients for ancillary services, such as laboratory tests.
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