For millions of people, prescription drugs are an essential component of health and wellness. In fact, the vast majority of adults who have one of five common chronic health conditions – arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or hypertension – take prescription medications on a regular basis. A substantial portion of the cost of these vital drugs is often paid out-of-pocket, and that amount is steadily increasing at an alarming rate.
Concerns about cost are prompting some patients to take less medication than they are prescribed or to abandon their prescriptions altogether. Others are forced to spend less on food, heat, and other necessities so they can afford to purchase their medications. This can lead to more doctor appointments, hospital admissions, and emergency room visits, all of which can significantly increase the already high cost of healthcare.
A Direct Primary Care (DPC) Membership Includes Some Common Prescriptions
An alternative to the traditional, fee-for-service primary healthcare model, DPC is growing in popularity – for good reason. Instead of accepting insurance, these practices charge their members a set monthly membership fee that covers most primary care services, including doctor visits and many generic prescription drugs.
Members of Optimum Direct Care, a DPC practice in Orlando, FL, can receive their generic prescription medications from our office formulary, and the cost of the drugs is included in their membership. Our board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro, dispenses many common generic medications on site, including:
Additionally, because these prescriptions are filled in-house, there’s no need for our patients to waste valuable time making an extra trip to a pharmacy.
The Role of a Close Doctor-Patient Relationship
Taking medication as prescribed (medication adherence) is important for controlling many chronic conditions, treating many temporary conditions, and promoting good health over the long run. At Optimum Direct Care, we believe a personal connection between doctor and patient plays a crucial role in medication adherence. By offering our members limitless consultations, Dr. Muzzi is able to more easily monitor treatment protocols, such as when medications need to be adjusted. In the traditional primary care model, one frequently cited reason that medication use is not monitored is that patients don’t want to have to pay for every single doctor visit.
Consider joining our practice. You’ll have unrestricted access to Dr. Muzzi as well as comprehensive primary care services – without having to worry about rising costs. With us, you’ll feel like you have a doctor in your family.
To learn more, contact Optimum Direct Care today.