The quick explanation of DPC: Affordable medical care without insurance. Instead, there is a simple, flat, monthly fee: $75 / month for ages 16 and up. This gets you nearly unlimited access to my services and my time, as well as a number of high-end benefits and conveniences that are normally found only in Concierge medicine practices. If you have insurance you can still use it to pay for imaging, labs, and medications when those things are needed; those without insurance can expect to save substantial amounts of money through a combination of greatly discounted lab and imaging services and cost-effective prescribing practices.
A SIMPLER FORM OF HEALTHCARE
Simple does not mean incomplete. Direct Primary Care is a model of healthcare that goes back to the basics. Back to the basics of care, putting priorities back in order. Back to the basics of what docs got in the business for in the first place. Helping patients.
How is Direct Primary Care different from traditional healthcare?
Direct Primary Care offices offer modern healthcare, but don’t accept insurance. This allows physicians to work directly with patients on payments – passing along savings such as wholesale prescription costs, in-house labs at no additional costs, and much, much more. In lieu of a fee for service model, patients pay a monthly subscription fee. The result is a stronger patient-doctor relationship built on trust and transparency.
However, there is flexibility. Variations of the Direct Primary Care business model exist, and most DPC clinics recommend having a wrap around insurance plan for emergencies.
Features of Direct Care
Among the features of Direct Primary Care are availability, flexibility, transparency, proactivity, convenience.
Direct Primary Care physicians spend more time on fewer patients in order to provide them with better quality care. By limiting themselves to 500 or so patients, they’re available for those patients during a wider range of time – both during the day, and during the week. It’s not uncommon to see 24/7 availability from a Direct Primary Care clinic. In addition, patients are offered same day or next day scheduling and extended visits that last a minimum of 30 minutes.
Different Forms of Availability
Direct Primary Care physicians often utilize methods of communication which are more convenient for patients, including text, email, even social media direct messages. Physicians can use technology to build a stronger relationship with patients while continuing to keep information safe and secure.
The days of putting the patient first are back in the form of Direct Primary Care. Direct Primary Care physicians are as happy to make those extra steps as the patients are appreciative to receive them.
Direct Primary Care puts patients absolutely first in a world where customer service is not healthcare’s strong point.