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Another Way To Pay The Doctor: Direct Primary Care

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The many health insurance discussions generally do not include any mention of direct primary care (DPC)

The payment scheme in DPC is like a cable TV or cellphone bill: a monthly flat fee that is not connected to how much you use the service. 

The model is already in use in our region. 

Dr. Jill Friesen in Redding operates a DPC practice, as does Dr. Phillipp Olshausen in Medford.  Dr. Olshausen and Dr. Friesen's office manager, Mary Brace, join us to talk about the day-to-day business of their medical practices.  

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a news host and reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.