Many people are concerned about the skyrocketing costs of health care – and rightly so. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), health care spending in the U.S. rose 3.9 percent in 2017, reaching $3.5 trillion for the year, which comes out to a staggering average of $10,739 per person.
One savvy way to save on primary health care is to join a direct primary care (DPC) practice. As a DPC member, you’ll have round-the-clock access to your doctor, who will provide unlimited nonemergency urgent care and routine preventive care services in exchange for a set monthly membership fee.
What’s the Fee?
At Optimum Direct Care, a DPC practice based near Orlando, FL, our membership fees range from $40 to $150 per month based on a patient’s age. Based on currently available data, this can result in a potential savings of more than $8,000 annually. To help our patients save even more, we also offer group discounts.
We believe our membership fees are quite affordable – but they don’t tell the whole story. For the most accurate idea of how much you can save with DPC, it’s important to look beyond the monthly cost. Remember, you’ll no longer have to pay outrageous premiums for primary health care coverage, which will result in a significant savings.
With that said, it’s essential to understand that DPC is not insurance, nor is it a replacement for catastrophic coverage. For instance, DPC does not cover health-related emergencies, hospitalizations, or specialist visits for complex injuries and illnesses. For these reasons, we encourage our patients to pair their DPC membership with a low-premium, high-deductible insurance plan for comprehensive protection and peace of mind.
If you’re interested in learning more about DPC, contact Optimum Direct Care. We can answer your questions and help you determine exactly how much you can save with DPC. You can also meet our doctor, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro and see our office firsthand, which can help you decide if our practice is right for you.