Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Center for Health Care Policy John Davidson testified today before the Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services on Senate Bill 1018, which would enable Texas physicians to engage in direct primary care and clarify that direct primary care is not insurance.

“The third-party payment system is one of the long-standing problems in our health-care system. It hides the cost of care from patients and burdens providers with claims processing,” said Davidson. “Unfortunately, health insurance today is not really insurance in most cases, but rather a wildly inefficient form of pre-paid health care that drives up costs by hiding them from the consumer.

“SB 1018 would help restore the relationship between doctor and patient by allowing Texas physicians regulatory certainty around the practice of direct primary care. Creating a market-based health care system will empower patients to be health care consumers and alleviate our health care problems. This bill is a big step in the right direction.”
More information about the hearing can be found at:
To schedule an interview with Mr. Davidson please contact Caroline Espinosa at or 512-472-2700.

John Davidson is the Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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