When Does Direct Primary Care Make Sense?

Jun 18, 2019

When Does Direct Primary Care Make Sense?Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an innovative way to receive primary health care services. Instead of making co-pays, submitting claims, and dealing with insurance companies, a patient pays a set monthly membership fee to a DPC practice. In return, the patient receives unlimited access to his or her doctor.

Sound good? It should. That’s because a DPC membership makes sense for just about everyone. Here’s why:

DPC Can Reduce Stress

Recent studies show that the majority of Americans view health care as a major life stressor. The main reason is that rising costs are making it increasing difficult to receive necessary medical care. Additionally, people who live with a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, tend to worry even more. This is troubling, since persistent anxiety can contribute to a number of significant health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

A DPC practice has a transparent pricing schedule that is presented to patients up front. The monthly membership fee covers unlimited primary care office visits and services, including on-site tests and procedures, and generic prescription medications from the office formulary. As compared to traditional fee-for-service insurance billing, DPC can provide patients with substantial savings, as well as the freedom to visit their health care provider as often as needed – without any fear of being unable to pay.

DPC Increases Doctor-Patient Facetime

In a traditional primary care practice, it often takes days or even weeks just to get an appointment. Then, after an interminable wait, the patient typically ends up with just a few brief minutes with an overextended doctor, which can leave the patient feeling confused, insignificant, or ignored.

With DPC, you can get a same-day or next-day appointment with your doctor – and actually spend sufficient time with her to get to the bottom of your health issues (yes, you can discuss more than one issue during a single appointment, if you’d like). How is that possible? A DPC practice eliminates insurance companies from the primary health care equation. Because the doctor is not required to complete an abundance of insurer-required paperwork, she is able to spend more quality time with each patient.

Optimum Direct Care

At Optimum Direct Care, a DPC practice located in the Orlando, FL, area, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro gets to know her patients personally, establishing long-standing doctor-patient relationships built on mutual trust and respect. If you’d like to find out if DPC makes sense for you, contact us for more information.

“We made an initial appointment with her and learned so many things that we didn’t think existed anymore. Her main focus is on the patient and not the insurance companies! When she doesn’t have to worry about the bureaucracy and red tape of insurance companies, she has so much more time to listen to the patient and come up with a truly great level of care. The patient comes first and foremost. ”