Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a healthcare model that gets back to the patient-provider relationship. We do not bill or accept insurance. No more middle man. No more trying to figure out what is and isn’t covered. Just you and the provider making decisions about your care.
How is Direct Primary Care Different From Traditional Healthcare?
DPC clinics differ from traditional fee-for-service plans primarily through the payment structure. In a traditional model, you pay when you are seen with costs being predetermined based on complexity of the problem or duration of the visit. Labs, x-rays, and procedures are offered at rates predetermined as well, often leading to expensive bills. Unless you have a “gold” or “silver” health insurance plan, you will typically be responsible for the entire bill until your deductible is met which, at present time, can be over $6000 per individual. This model also requires billing and coding staff, creating more overhead, which leads us to the “do more, bill more” mentality that is bankrupting our healthcare system.
In a DPC model, payment is received as a monthly membership fee. Office visits and in-house labs are included. X-rays, labs, and procedures are often 80-90% less when compared to traditional healthcare models. Direct Primary Care is NOT insurance and we highly recommend having a wrap-around high deductible insurance plan for emergencies.
Benefits of DPC are availability, flexibility, transparency, cost, and convenience. DPC providers spend more time with fewer patients in order to provide them with better quality care. Patient memberships are typically kept around 600 patients per provider allowing those patients better access and longer clinic visits when needed. However, we understand you are busy, and not all healthcare needs require an in-house visits. DPC providers utilize today’s technology in contacting and responding to patients. Email, text, phone, and video calls are standard methods of communication used to keep providers and patients in contact to discuss health concerns. This allows us to be more accessible, 24/7.