Quote of the Week: Alex Azar about DPC

“Arrangements like direct primary care have generated tremendous interest from both patients and providers. They can offer the opportunity for seniors to receive convenient, accessible primary care from a physician they know at a predictable and affordable cost. Better access to primary care, as we all know, can prevent more serious and costly ailments.”

Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, addressing the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, 5/2/18

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  2 comments for “Quote of the Week: Alex Azar about DPC

  1. John Chamberlain
    May 3, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with Sec. Azar with one caveat. As long as the government stays out of the relationship except for funding it. No EMR, metrics, PI or otherwise.

    • May 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      But then they relinquish the leash of control over the helpless patients and doctors that can’t make medical choices without them

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