Docs fill primary care gap

MEETING A NEED: Dr. Mark Turshen and Dr. Lauren Hedde, co-owners of Direct Doctors Inc., a health care provider, at their North Kingstown office. The pair started the “direct primary care” practice after identifying a shortage of primary care doctors during their residency together at Brown University. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
MEETING A NEED: Dr. Mark Turshen and Dr. Lauren Hedde, co-owners of Direct Doctors Inc., a health care provider, at their North Kingstown office. The pair started the “direct primary care” practice after identifying a shortage of primary care doctors during their residency together at Brown University. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
For the cost of a cellphone bill, patients can pay a monthly fee to Direct Doctors Inc. and receive full access to primary care without the need for health insurance. “It’s less than the cost of a coffee a day,” said Dr. Mark Turshen, who started the business in 2014 with his business partner, Dr.…

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