Your Doctor, Always Available, For A Monthly Fee

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As most of us know, it can be difficult to get an appointment for a routine doctor's visit. And, when you finally get one, you can end up in the waiting room for a long time. By then, the doctor often only has a few minutes to spare.

So one doctor in Marblehead is trying something new — he's charging a flat monthly fee for basic primary care. The new model is called "direct primary care."


Martha Bebinger, WBUR reporter covering health. She tweets @mbebinger.


CommonHealth: Your Doctor, Always Available, For A Monthly Fee

  • "Rushing from one patient to the next, calling insurers who wouldn’t approve prescriptions, filling out paperwork that didn’t seem relevant to his patients, Gold kept asking himself, is this what I signed up for?"

This segment aired on May 21, 2015.


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