Direct Primary Care, the movement, is energized, enthusiastic and expanding. About 1000 practices currently exist in the United States. There are two DPC practices in the 13 counties that constitute the Miami Valley around Dayton, Ohio.
I predict that we can have twenty practices including 40 physicians within three years. Yes, by the end of 2021, we'll have twenty DPC practices.
There are hundreds of disaffected physicians in the area looking for an alternative to the grind that leads to burnout. Many are already burned out. Many intend to retire early or at the earliest realistic point in their life to escape and survive. Many newer physicians and physicians in training are trying to avoid the misery that they notice in their faculty and mentors.
Medical students are avoiding primary care specialties and many are becoming hospitalists instead of pursuing a primary care career. Less than ten percent of students actually enter into a primary care career.
Its time to reconstitute primary care into a career path that is fun again. Direct Primary Care is one business model that seems to allow that. Direct pay practices are here again.
Further definitions and information about Direct Primary Care can be found at www.dpcare.org and www.dpcfrontier.