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What is Direct Pediatric Care & Why Parents Need to Know About It (Part 2) | Ep. 19 

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The business of healthcare is complex, but Dr. Drew Hertz and his team at Zest Pediatrics is shaking things up. By focusing on what families really need and desire, they have created a network of Direct Pediatric Care (DPC) providers to provide unmatched service to the families they serve. In this episode, Dr. Honaker and Dr. Hertz not only discuss the role of DPC in the U.S., but also how health insurance has evolved and advantages for employers to consider this type of benefit and care model.

Show Notes: 

  • Previous Keili Mistovich podcast explaining Direct Pediatric Care
  • Dr. Hertz’s background as general pediatrician, academic health system leader and entrepreneur
  • Why Dr. Hertz left the academic healthcare world to create Zest Pediatric Network
  • What is Zest and Direct Pediatric Care
  • The needs of parents and families today from a pediatrician
  • “Physicians are liberated from the burdens of insurance” - Sarah Pasture
  • Insurance requirements that hinder patient care in a traditional model of care
  • Moral injury issues – doctors aren’t necessarily burnt out, they aren’t enabled to do what they got in to medicine to do which is taking care of the family
  • DPC vs concierge care
  • Reevaluating the true role of health insurance and giving families what they really need
  • Employers moving towards alternate models of care to help both costs and the needs of families
  • Popularity of DPC model around the country
  • Benefits for employers on the pediatrics side
  • The power of an enhanced relationship with a doctor for families
  • What is the vision for Zest Pediatric Network?

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