Protecting Direct Primary Care in South Carolina
The Direct Primary Care (DPC) model relies on a simple formula: Doctor + Patient. Patients get unlimited access to their doctors with no long waits for office visits and a list of fixed prices for services. Because DPC does not involve insurance, there are no costly premiums, no complicated forms to fill out or mysterious denials of coverage.
DPC is not insurance but rather an affordable way for a patient to cover their primary health care needs. Health insurance is still recommended to cover catastrophic health needs.
For patients who are uninsured, underinsured or have high deductibles, DPC can provide access to a primary care physician without breaking the bank. For many patients, DPC can bridge the gap between affordable medical care and not receiving medical treatment altogether or relying on emergency rooms for non-emergency care.
As of September 2017, 23 states in the U.S. have enacted legislation to protect the Direct Primary Care model. Below is a collection of resources on the work being done to make South Carolina the 24th state to protect Direct Primary Care, including our short film Innovating Backwards.
Read H.3546: Direct Primary Agreement.
One patient shares her experience with DPC.
Everything you need to know about Direct Primary Care in one fact sheet.
Dive into all of our research on health care in America.
States that Protect Direct Primary Care