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Community Highlights: Meet Jeffrey Davis of Link Primary Care

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeffrey Davis.

Hi Jeffrey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Jeffrey Davis. I am a board-certified Emergency physician in clinical practice for the past 20 years. I have spent the past 15 years in leadership positions at large healthcare companies like Kaiser Permanente and BJC.

Despite years of effort, I could not fix the problems I saw in healthcare from inside these companies. Fee-for-service payment has driven primary care to be economically nonviable – so primary care is disappearing. People are left with terrible access to doctors for their medical problems, so where can they go? They avoid seeking care because it is too expensive. And when their problems get worse, they self-refer to specialists, Urgent Care, and the ER – all of which are markedly more expensive than primary care and give second-rate health outcomes.

I care for patients in the ER every day that come in because they have no alternative; they are out of their medicines with no doctor to give them a refill; their chronic, untreated high blood pressure has finally caused a stroke; their undiagnosed abdominal pain is finally bad enough that they risk financial ruin just to get the CT scan they desperately need. Because of that, I believe that great primary care is a fundamental part of the solution to our healthcare problem in the United States. Access to primary care is the “ounce of prevention” that is worth a “pound of cure.” After I finished business school, I started my own company so we could fix healthcare on our own.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Our journey to fix healthcare is challenging, but we are extremely optimistic! Direct primary care is a big “disruption” to the status quo. Insurance companies, healthcare provider systems, and pharmacy benefit companies all have a financial interest in keeping the system the way it is because it generates massive profits, but they profit at the expense of individuals, families, and businesses that struggle to pay for their rising costs.

Our job is to give people what they need – great access to a personal doctor at a price they can afford. We look for lots of ways to drive value back to our patients – like wholesale medications and discounted cash prices on labs, imaging tests, and specialists in our community.

Once people understand what we do, they love it; it’s like going back to a simpler time in medicine when people had a trusted family doctor. It’s also amazing that taking great care of people actually saves money – which is why we find employers, business leaders, and communities looking to partner with us.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Link Primary Care?
Here’s how Link Primary Care works: Patients or employers pay a monthly membership fee that covers primary care, wellness, and urgent medical problems. Patients get unlimited access to their personal doctor, both in-person at our clinic or by phone, text, email, and video chat. There are no copays, deductibles, or hidden charges.

We look for ways to save our patients money for their healthcare needs. Our patients save 80% on their medications when they use our wholesale pharmacy, 90% on lab tests with our negotiated discounts, and 80% on imaging tests with our special member rates.

We partner with our patients to use their insurance when it makes financial sense. Our model complements high-deductible insurance plans and other coverage like health sharing products, so our patients save money on normal visits and procedures. We are a St. Louis company focused on the needs of St. Louis, and we are proud to care for our members like family.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Here are a few inspirational and empowering resources. Facebook and LinkedIn both provide daily reminders of the great work that others are doing to reinvent healthcare for the USA.

The CEO’s Guide To Restoring the American Dream. Dave Chase, 2017. Rising Strong. Brene Brown, 2015. Cracking Health Costs. Tom Emerick & Al Lewis, 2013. Mindfulness Meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1994.

Pricing:

  • Adults: $79 per month
  • Children: $39 per month

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