Episode 034: Is Direct Primary Care the Future of Medicine? A Discussion with Dr. Lee Gross of Docs 4 Patient Care If there is one thing patients and doctors agree about when it comes to primary care it's that it isn't properly working for either one. Doctors have too little time to spend with patients, can only address one or two problems at a time, and spend most of the little face time they get staring at a computer screen than at their patient. Patients end up spending a lot of money on copays, laboratory studies, and visiting specialists because the doctor is unable to use his or her 22,000 hours of training on treating minor ailments. Fortunately, there is a growing number of physicians who have adopted an innovative work around to these problems by switching from an insurance based practice to a membership based practice called Direct Primary Care. Now, instead of patients having to spend half a day waiting in a waiting room for 6 minutes of face time with a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner they can spend a leisurely half hour and address multiple problems in one visit. At the same time, in many practices they can receive heavily discounted prescription medications, laboratory testing, and radiology exams. My guest, Dr. Lee Gross, is the president of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation which was established as an advocacy group to fight for legislative changes around medical delivery innovations. He testifies routinely in Washington, DC and state capitols all over America. Dr. Gross is a partner at Epiphany Health where he has practiced using a direct primary care model serving everyone from the poor to wealthy. Dr. Lee Gross is the president of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation and a family physician in the direct primary care practice, Epiphany Health in Florida. He testifies routinely throughout the country and Washington, DC advocating for direct primary care and innovative ways to deliver health care. show notes
Epiphany Health- Dr. Gross' direct primary care practice in North Port, Florida.
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Episode 002: How Direct Primary Care Made Me Love Medicine Again & Made Me Less Cranky with Dr. Belen Amat.
Episode 004: A Step-by-Step Guide in How to Start a Direct Primary Care Practice with Dr. Chad Savage.
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