Most employers are looking for ways to offer their employees attractive benefits packages while lowering their health care costs, which rise about six percent each year. This rate – which amounts to a whopping 80 percent increase since 2003 – is simply unsustainable.
What’s more, approximately 75 percent of all health care costs are attributable to chronic conditions, which are also spiraling out of control. For instance, The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) predict that the number of people with diabetes will double or triple by 2050. This statistic illustrates the importance of preventive health care, which is becoming more and more expensive each year.
Employers Can Control Health Care Costs With Direct Primary Care
Direct primary care (DPC) is an effective way for employers to manage their health care costs – without passing the full weight of the yearly increases onto their employees. As an alternative to the traditional cost-shifting method of increasing co-pays and deductibles, DPC is forward-thinking, yet simple. The goal is to bring patients back to their primary care physician for most of their health care needs, avoiding unnecessary ER, hospital, and specialist visits. This is accomplished by increasing access to the doctor and forging strong doctor-patient relationships, driving more efficient use of the health care system and ultimately improving patient health.
The Bottom Line
Healthier employees who use the health care system correctly can save your company money. That’s exactly what you can achieve by working with Optimum Direct Care in Orlando, FL. Our DPC practice bypasses primary health care insurance and is instead funded exclusively by monthly membership fees. DPC does not completely replace insurance, but rather acts alongside it, facilitating proactive and cost-effective management of health conditions ranging from minor injuries to chronic illnesses.
If you’d like to find out exactly how much your company can save with DPC, contact us today.