How is direct primary care practice different than traditional medical practices?
- Direct primary care practice is patient focused, not problem focused.
The current system comprised of rushed visits and brief encounters does not allow for the development of the doctor patient relationship. Time is required to get to know my patients and to understand their symptoms, context, fears, and concerns. This relationship is integral to providing exceptional care for the patient and a DPC provider will have as much time as we need to address every problem you have every time.
- The DPC provider work for the patient, and only the patient.
The disruption of the doctor-patient relationship by insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid has ruined the practice of medicine. By removing this barrier to personalized care, the DPC provider is restoring control of the healthcare decisions to you, the patient. The DPC provider will work together to determine what is best for you.
- A DPC provider can handle simple problems without an office visit.
This probably sounds crazy, but it’s true. Currently, the only way a physician can get paid by insurance and Medicare/Medicaid is to see patients in the office, which more often than not means a large chunk of your valuable time. But often the problem is simple and could be handled in a few minutes with direct communication. The DPC provider won’t be forced to see a high number of patients to pay overhead, and will therefore be available to answer you directly when you need the DPC provider , anytime by phone, secure text, and secure email.
- The DPC provider practice will be limited to a smaller number of patients so the DPC provider will have the flexibility to be available when you need DPC provider.
What does the monthly fee cover?
- In depth, comprehensive, annual wellness evaluation with lab and a personalized yearly wellness plan
- Unlimited office visits, phone, email, or virtual visits
- In office lab such as urinalysis, strep screens, flu tests, and pregnancy tests
- Minor procedures such as cryotherapy, minor laceration repair, IV fluids
- How to pay? Most DPC provider’s prefer credit card or bank draft.
I am fairly healthy and don’t go to the doctor often. How does this benefit me?
- We all benefit from services tailored to our needs, and your health care should be no different. The DPC provider will provide you with the care you need to optimize your health and to reach your wellness goals.
- The DPC provider will be available to answer questions about small things you wouldn’t take half a day off to address at a traditional medical practice.
- Let’s be honest, at some point you will be sick or injured and need acute care. When that happens, you will have immediate access to your doctor who knows your personal health history completely and will take your circumstances into account when developing a treatment plan.
- A DPC provider will do their best to keep you out of the ER. If the DPC provider save you one simple ER visit, the yearly fee (possibly 2-3 years) will pay for itself.
What happens after hours and on weekends?
Call, email, or text the DPC provider. TheDPC provider will answer, take care of the problem, and if needed will meet you at the DPC provider’s office.
Does the DPC provider practice bill your insurance, Medicare or Medicaid?
No. The DPC provider work directly for you, providing exceptional, personal, direct health care without the increasing constraints and limitations of the government and insurance companies.
As your patient, do I still need health insurance?
Most DPC provider’s recommend you continue to have health insurance to cover health care costs beyond the services of the DPC provider practice such as specialist care, hospitalization, radiological imaging, and labs other than those listed above.
The most cost-effective insurance to pair with direct primary care would be a high deductible/HSA plan.
Does the DPC provider practice accept Medicare/Medicaid patients?
Yes. the DPC provider accept’s all patients. However, the membership fee is not covered by Medicare/Medicaid, and you will need to sign a waiver stating that neither of the DPC provider will be billing Medicare/Medicaid for my services. Other services the DPC provider’s order such as lab, radiology, specialist care, and hospitalization may be billed to these programs.
I am uninsured. Can you be my doctor?
Yes. the DPC provider accept all patients, regardless of insurance status.
Is a DPC provider’s practice concierge care?
We like to call it “Direct Primary Care” but if we had to consider it concierge care, we call it “concierge care for the common person.” Concierge care can sometimes cost a LOT more than I’m charging, with a lot of the same provisions.
Is the membership fee tax-deductible?
Not at this time. However, Senators Hatch and Rubio have introduced a bill to the Senate Finance Committee called the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2013 which would allow tax deductions for direct primary care fees.
What happens if I need to see a specialist?
The DPC provider will coordinate your referral to a specialist in your insurance network, and they will bill your insurance.
What happens if I need to be admitted to the hospital?
Most DPC provider’s plan is to care for you if you are in the hospital. However, most DPC provider’s are still working out the details please check with a DPC provider directly.