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Would Paying Your Doctor Cash Up Front Get You Better Care?
National Public Radio

A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by frustration with insurance requirements, are bringing “health care for billionaires” to the masses, including people on Medicare and Medicaid, and state employees.

It’s called direct primary care, modeled after “concierge” medical practices that have gained prominence in the past two decades. In those, doctors typically don’t take insurance, instead promising personalized care while charging a flat fee on a monthly or yearly basis. Patients can shell out thousands to tens of thousands of dollars annually, getting care with an air of exclusivity.

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