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    Your Voice: President Trump should enact HSA-DPC option ASAP

    In response to “Bill would allow HSA use for direct primary care” (Medical Economics, January 25, 2017), I was delighted to read that there is an actual “Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2016.” 

    The impact of tax-free health savings accounts (HSAs) to foster direct primary care (DPC) models will be a refreshing change to the cumbersome accounts receivable processes we are all frustrated by. After years of dealing with nonpayment due to high-deductible plans of Obamacare, patients and physicians are ready for a more direct model. 

    We as physicians want to provide good and prompt care, and patients actually do want us to get paid for our hard work. We need to dissolve the ridiculous game of charged fees vs. allowed fees, coinsurances, copayments and deductibles. 

    A direct payment model will also free up so much of the time we spend following up on rejected claims, or doing prior authorizations. Time that we can devote back to patient care, finally. 

    The third-party insurance companies and Medicare should have no role in the day-to-day care of patients, and be in place solely for catastrophic circumstances, such as hospitalizations or other prolonged medical care.

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