Despite the passage of legislation in ten states clarifying that Direct Primary Care (DPC) is not insurance, the laws governing DPC practices in many states remain ambiguous. In some states, the laws are downright restrictive, which can mean trouble for DPC providers.
When it came to starting Village Doctor, Dr. Weiss wanted to be sure to stay out from under the microscope of the state insurance commissioner. The two ways he does this are first, by billing in arrears, “after the service and risk have already happened”, and second, by not risk adjusting his fees. What this means for Village Doctor’s patients is that a 25 year-old will pay the same as a 65-year old.