WHAT IS DIRECT PRIMARY CARE?
Direct primary care (DPC) is a membership-based model of practice that creates a smooth, engaged, and inclusive healthcare experience for a predictable monthly subscription fee.
In a traditional healthcare setting, most people are accustomed to paying the practitioner through insurance on a visit-to-visit basis, no matter how much or how little they utilize the practice. This means that costs to the patient go up significantly in times of highest need. At the same time, access to care is limited. Appointments with insurance-based clinics may be weeks or months into the future, relegating unexpected sick visits to urgent care, which typically bills at a higher rate. Many providers in the insurance system see upwards of 35 patients a day just to keep their practice afloat, so office visits are often delayed, pressured and extremely brief, and direct communication with your provider outside of a visit is rare.
In contrast, the DPC model provides accessible, timely personalized healthcare for a clear and reasonable price. Your membership fee covers all routine visits – from anticipated preventative and chronic care management to unexpected minor acute/urgent care needs (coughs, colds, pink eye, allergies, earaches, rashes, etc.). Because we have fewer patients than an insurance-based practice does, wait times are never an issue, and you can reach your provider quickly when the need arises.
Direct primary care is brilliant from a convenience and quality point of view, but it also makes good financial sense. You will know your monthly cost going into it and save on unexpected visits to urgent care. Even for people who go to the doctor just a few times a year, DPC offers peace of mind and potential savings on sick visits and telemedicine because monthly fees are typically lower than the price tag of a single office visit in a conventional setting.