Meet Montana’s Newest Direct Patient Care Provider
"That is what makes DPC so special, it’s a win-win for both patients and providers."
By now, you’ve probably heard how Direct Patient Care (DPC) is transforming the healthcare industry. This free market model of healthcare where patients bypass insurance to pay for healthcare services directly, often in the form of a low cost membership similar to a gym membership, continues to expand across Montana.
The latest provider to begin offering services is Karis Medical Services, a mobile direct patient care clinic based in Bozeman.
After growing frustrated with the current state of health care, Co-Founders Jeff Chandler and Sarah Pratt, began looking for ways to provide healthcare in a more honest, convenient, and accessible manner.
They decided to open a Direct Patient Care clinic because there were clear benefits to both patients, who would see considerable cost savings and more personalized care, and to providers who would finally have more flexibility after years of feeling burnt out.
That is what makes DPC so special, it’s a win-win for both patients and providers. This brings the total number of DPC providers in Montana to 17.
Here at Frontier we’ve always been advocates for the DPC model, that is why we championed SB 101, the bill that officially authorized DPC in Montana. We couldn’t be more excited about this newest addition to the Bozeman community. However, if you don’t live in Bozeman, you can use our map to find a DPC provider near you.
Did you know Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler stood up against his own party’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court? Renowned author and Frontier board member, Lawrence W. Reed explains in this month’s Frontier History column.
“Create now a political court to echo the ideas of the Executive and you have created a weapon. A weapon which, in the hands of another President in times of war or other hysteria, could well be an instrument of destruction. A weapon that can cut down those guarantees of liberty written into your great document by the blood of your forefathers and that can extinguish your right of liberty, of speech, of thought, of action, and of religion.”
Whitefish’s Housing Shortage
A recent study came out this week showing that Whitefish will need to build more than 1000 new homes over the next 8 years, 75% of these new homes will need to be affordable.
Our Take: Over 60% of the city is reserved for single family homes (pink areas), prohibiting homes like duplexes and townhouses that are more affordable by design. In order to meet the city’s housing needs Minimum Lot Sizes & Exclusionary Single Family Zoning will need to go.
A Win For Montana
In January, 2021 President Biden issued an executive order halting all federal oil and gas leasing and drilling permits. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen partnered with other states to sue the Biden administration arguing they didn’t have the authority to issue that executive order. Last week a federal judge ruled that President Biden exceeded his authority saying that the President cannot make significant changes to law to which congress did not delegate authority.
Our Take: This is a huge win for Montanans. Not only does this ruling reiterate that the Executive branch can’t just decide to make significant changes to laws without congress clearly delegating the executive that authority, but it also means that oil and gas production can increase, potentially providing Montanans with a much needed reprieve at the pump.