What Are the Benefits of Direct Primary Care?
Direct primary care (DPC) is an alternative to the customary fee-for-service, insurer-billed health care model. In a traditional health care setting, many patients have trouble getting a prompt appointment with a doctor. Then, when they finally have a chance to see the doctor, they often feel rushed, mainly because doctors are required by insurance companies to see an unreasonably high number of patients within a very tight timeframe. Many patients cite reasons like these when explaining why they switched to DPC. If you’re interested in making the switch, consider some of the advantages of DPC:
Insurance Company Hassles Are Eliminated
Because DPC practices do not accept insurance or other third-party payments, the health care process is highly streamlined. Relieved of the pressures of practicing according to insurer-imposed company requirements, a DPC doctor is able to spend ample quality time with each patient, which results in a close and productive doctor-patient relationship. And, because there is no need to file insurance claims, there is much less paperwork involved for all parties.
With unlimited access and extended appointment availability, a DPC patient is able to consult with his or her doctor whenever – and as often as – he or she likes. This is important because prompt medical attention is the best way to ensure that a health issue is addressed early, before it has a chance to worsen.
Health Care Costs Are More Predictable
Many patients find that DPC allows them to better predict and budget for their health care expenses. A predetermined membership fee is paid on a monthly basis, which covers all doctor visits and primary care services. No matter how many times a patient sees the doctor, the monthly fee remains the same.
Plus, many DPC providers also offer their patients free on-site tests and procedures, as well as discounts on off-site tests and procedures. The resulting savings can add up quickly.
If you’d like to learn more about DPC, contact Optimum Direct Care. We’ll be happy to answer your questions about the benefits we offer and help you decide if our practice in Orlando, FL, is right for you.