Direct primary care debate resurfaces

Several health care professionals and one patient urged lawmakers Wednesday morning to support a measure authorizing direct patient care agreements in Montana, reviving a debate that has surfaced in the Legislature at least twice in the past.

Sen. Cary Smith, R-Billings, introduced Senate Bill 101 to members of the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee, stating that the legislation would help strengthen relationships between health care providers and their patients and give Montanans access to another option for affordable health care.

“One of the really, really high costs of health care is insurance, and one of the things that adds a lot of bureaucracy and complexity to having a relationship between a physician and a patient is government regulation, state regulation,” Smith said. “This bill makes it clear that in this type of arrangement, you don’t have that problem.”

Read the full article at the Montana Free Press.

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