What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a membership-based healthcare model that works to restore the personal relationship with your physician and your overall well-being. With Direct Primary Care, you pay your primary care doctor directly instead of paying a fee-for-service through an insurance company. The direct primary care model removes the insurance obstacles that would otherwise prevent us from focusing on your health.
Goals of Direct Primary Care
- To make it easy and affordable for you to get the help you need when you need it
- To provide more time with your provider and more personal care
- To place the incentive on keeping you healthy rather than on paperwork or getting paid
Direct Primary Care Benefits
Our fees are $69/month. Along with individualized care and attention, the benefits of membership include comprehensive annual physicals, $20 urgent and follow-up visits, and affordable in-house lab testing. The Direct Primary Care model is spreading across the U.S. and has been endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians as an effective model for primary care. As the movement has grown, data shows:
- Patient healthcare savings
- Employer healthcare savings
- Fewer hospital admissions
- Fewer unnecessary procedures
- And most importantly, better health outcomes
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Does Direct Primary Care Count as Insurance?
Direct Primary Care is not a replacement for health insurance. The idea is to use health insurance only for unexpected and expensive problems. This is similar to how people commonly use home or car insurance. A Direct primary care practice can take care of 80-90% of your healthcare needs for a fraction of the cost that an insurance based medical practice could. Insurance is then available for the unexpected catastrophic events. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t use home insurance for a leak under your sink, but you’d use home insurance if a tree fell on your home unexpectedly.
Direct Primary Care for Employers
Direct Primary Care has been a cost-effective way for employers to provide comprehensive care for their employees when paired with a high deductible plan. Some states are experimenting with the model as a way to provide coverage for the Medicaid population.
Direct Primary Care removes the insurance company from the middle of the relationship between you and your doctor. Simply put: With your doctor focusing on you, you get better care. Patients utilizing a Direct Primary Care practice in combination with a high deductible insurance plan stand to get higher quality personalized healthcare while saving money.