They say that the fastest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line (though this video shows this isn’t always true). For the purpose of today’s post let’s assume this to be true–that the fastest and most efficient path between two points is via a direct, straight link. If you’ve ever completed a long road trip with small children, as I recently have, you’ll understand what I’m going for. The fastest way to arrive at your desired destination is via a direct link with little, to no, stops in between.

This is not a blog about road trips or interesting physics, however, so what does this mean for healthcare? For that I raise another question–What is needed for you to have healthcare? The answer, while debated, discussed, and argued on the biggest stages worldwide, is quite simple–you need a doctor. You need the knowledge, skills, and expertise of one who has studied and trained to diagnose and treat whatever ails you. Sometimes those skills are needed right now, more often they’re needed in a day or two, and other times they can wait longer. No matter the level of emergency, in order for you to receive healthcare you need a doctor. Think, what is your ultimate goal in seeking medical care, whether in the inpatient or outpatient setting? It is to see the doctor, nothing more, nothing less.

Why then is it so difficult to see the doctor? Countless stops have been placed in the path between doctor and patient that there is no longer a direct link between the two. In its place is a circuitous route through stops most wouldn’t dare traverse if they had the choice. In fact, the system has become so backwards that there no longer exists a true relationship between doctor and patient. Patients have a relationship with an pay for insurance that in turn has relationships contracts with physicians. Change or remove that “relationship” with your insurance and see that the connection you have with your doctor will likely follow.

How does direct primary care restore the doctor-patient relationship? Simply. We remove all the stops. Direct relationships are established via a monthly membership fee, paid directly from patient to doctor. No more wondering where, or to whom, your money is going. Check out the video for a simple explanation of how physicians all over the country are returning the importance to the doctor-patient relationship via direct primary care (video credit: Family Medicine Education Consortium).