The goal of direct primary care (DPC) is to keep patients healthy. By providing unlimited access to a trusted primary care doctor, a DPC practice helps its members make better-informed healthcare decisions and encourages them to promptly seek medical care – including urgent care – whenever necessary.
In the traditional healthcare environment, many people have limited access to a primary care physician. Therefore, in order to avoid a long wait for an appointment, a patient might simply head to an urgent care clinic or emergency room instead – even for primary healthcare services. This can lead to expensive copayments and complicated insurance claims, which may eventually dissuade the patient from seeking necessary care. As a result, a relatively minor issue could potentially progress into a serious health risk. A DPC membership eliminates these problems by making primary healthcare services much more accessible.
Prompt Treatment for Common Illnesses & Injuries
DPC members have unlimited access to a wide range of direct primary care services, including urgent care. For instance, a DPC doctor can provide prompt treatment for many common, non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, such as:
- Colds and flu
- Sore throats
- Urinary tract infections
- Minor burns
- Minor fractures
- Sports injuries
The Advantages of Receiving Urgent Care From Your DPC Doctor
An urgent care clinic is designed to help patients who need prompt medical attention for a non-emergency illness or injury that cannot wait for an appointment with a primary care physician. In other words, urgent care is a supplement to – and not a replacement for – primary care. A DPC practice fulfills both roles. This is advantageous because your DPC doctor already knows you, your medical history, and the conditions you’ve had in the past. He or she also has easy access to your medical records and can therefore make tailored recommendations much more quickly than a random urgent care doctor who has never seen you before.
Get on Board by Joining Optimum Direct Care
As a member of Optimum Direct Care, a DPC practice in Orlando, FL, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive range of primary health care services. In addition to urgent care, you can receive preventive care, health maintenance, and free generic prescriptions from our formulary, as well as unrestricted access to our board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro. Contact us to inquire about a membership today.