Like many Americans, you might be inclined to skip your annual physical examination. And, that’s quite understandable. After all, in the traditional healthcare system, a doctor visit is typically expensive, so why incur an unnecessary expense if you’re feeling fine? Instead, you might see a doctor only if you are sick or injured, which means you could go years without ever stepping inside a medical facility.
The problem with that is, as your health goes unchecked over the years, you could potentially develop some detrimental habits. Think about it. Do you consistently consume a nutritious diet? Exercise regularly? Maintain a healthy body weight? Avoid tobacco products and alcoholic beverages? If not, your health may suffer as a result, which means you’ll eventually have to see a doctor anyway – and incur the associated costs – because you aren’t feeling well.
Direct Primary Care Helps You Stay Healthy
Direct primary care (DPC) is turning the traditional healthcare system on its head. Instead of focusing on treating illnesses and injuries after they occur, DPC focuses on keeping you well. How? With DPC, you don’t have to worry about paying insurance deductibles or copayments, or making advance appointments to see your primary care doctor. In exchange for a set monthly membership fee, you benefit from unlimited office visits and telemedicine consultations via voice, videoconferencing, and SMS text. Your DPC doctor is a dedicated partner who helps you:
- Track your health and bellwether “numbers,” such as your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose level
- Make positive lifestyle changes to enhance your health
- Identify and address any early symptoms of an underlying medical issue – before it becomes a major problem
The True Goal of Practicing Medicine
If you ask any healthcare provider why he or she initially chose the medical field, you’ll probably receive an answer to the effect of “I wanted to help people lead a healthier and happier life.” But, the “only see them when they’re sick” mentality is inconsistent with this goal. It simply doesn’t afford a medical professional sufficient opportunities to do what he or she spent many years learning. On the other hand, DPC does.
Contact Optimum Direct Care if you’d like to learn more. As a member of our DPC practice in Orlando, FL, you’ll have unlimited access to a wide range of primary healthcare services, including preventive care services such as customized wellness exams, sports physicals, medication reviews, vision and hearing screenings, nutritional guidance, cardiovascular health screenings, and much more. We’ll help you stay healthy for life.