The Direct Primary Care Alliance was founded by physicians for physicians in January 2018 and in our inaugural year we have grown to more than 350 members. We have spoken and/or been involved in planning every premiere DPC event in 2018 (AAFP DPC Summit, Hint Summit, Doctors 4 Patient Care Nuts and Bolts, DPC Coalition Meetings... to name a few) and have been featured in and provided content for news outlets including Forbes, Bloomberg, NPR, FoxNews, CNBC and many others.
As we round into 2019 and our second year, we have a number of changes and opportunities we would like to share with you. We have negotiated cost-savings benefits for DPCA members including substantial discounts with on-line consulting services, transparent DPC laboratory pricing with True Health Labs, discounts on medical education and much more. We will be publishing a DPC Alliance member directory so members can find each other and to assist with promoting DPCA clinics nationwide. And we are looking forward to hiring an executive director to help us grow, communicate and add more benefits for our physician members.
In our founding year, the DPCA was supported by generous contributions from our 50 founding members. Moving forward, to grow, to be involved and to continue to advance direct primary care nationally, we will be requiring dues payment from our entire membership.
Our membership for 2019 will be free to medical students and residents and $500 yearly to all other members. We are working diligently to secure benefits and savings in excess of these dues.
We continue to grow and to help physicians, one by one, execute their own vision of healthcare transformation and direct primary care. We are very excited for what's to come and appreciate your input, advocacy and feedback as to how the DPCA can grow into the premiere physician-led direct primary care organization. Thank you again for joining us as we move forward. A very happy holiday season and New Year to each of you!