Is Direct Primary Care Legal?May 13, 2019
If you like the basic idea of direct primary care (DPC) but are unfamiliar with the details, you might be wondering if it is legal – and it is. Currently, binding DPC contracts can be formed in all 50 states. What’s more, DPC is not considered to be “insurance” because there is no transfer of risk involved. Therefore, it is not regulated by state insurance commissioners.
What Makes DPC Different?
DPC is a streamlined alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model for primary health care. In exchange for a set monthly membership fee, a patient receives unrestricted access to a physician as well as a wide range of primary care services. The health care relationship is exclusively between the patient and the doctor – no insurance is accepted and no third parties are involved. This means a DPC practice can significantly reduce its overhead expenses – as well as the number of patients needed to support them – ultimately allowing the doctor to spend more quality time with each patient.
Why You Should Consider DPC
With DPC, you’ll benefit from modern health care delivered with a back-to-basics, patient-first approach. Free from the burdensome requirements imposed by insurers, your doctor will be available to consult with you at your convenience. You can talk with her at length – and cover more than one health issue if you wish – during extended same-day and next-day appointments. You can also take advantage of the convenience of telemedicine and consult with your doctor at any time via voice, video conferencing, or SMS text.
As most people are well aware, the health care industry is not known for excellent customer service. DPC puts patients first – where they belong. If this sounds good to you, contact Optimum Direct Care. We’ll be happy to tell you about our DPC practice in Orlando, FL, where you can meet and talk with our board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro.