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Qliance says it can typically save patients between 40 percent and 50 percent and employers between 20 percent and 35 percent on health care costs using this model.

"The Qliance direct primary care model begins to fix what is broken with health care in America," says John Backus, managing partner of New Atlantic Ventures, based in Reston, VA. "With direct primary care like Qliance, it is possible to do what many in Congress think is impossible--to extend quality health care to more Americans while actually reducing cost for all."

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Dr. Garrison Bliss, co-founder and chief medical officer of Qliance, says that "most people don't realize that insurance is simply not needed for 90 percent of the reasons people go to a doctor today.

"By operating without the hassles of insurance reimbursement overhead, Qliance providers can reduce costs for patients and employers and focus on what we were trained to do--practice medicine and heal," Dr. Bliss says.

Dr. Bliss had practiced internal medicine for 30 years before leaving insurance behind in 1997 and creating the first affordable direct primary care model in the nation, Qliance says. He founded Qliance in 2006 with seed money from Second Avenue Partners, Clear Fir Partners, and other private investors.

In 2007, the Washington State legislature recognized direct primary care as an innovative health care delivery model, not to be regulated as insurance and paving the way for all Washingtonians to receive quality primary health care, the company says.

Source: Qliance

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