Have you heard about direct primary care (DPC)? As an alternative to the traditional primary health care model, DPC is steadily growing in popularity among patients – and for good reason. For a set monthly membership fee, DPC patients receive direct, unlimited access to a primary care doctor with no insurance company involvement (or headaches that typically go along with it).
If your interest is piqued, read on to find out why you should consider DPC.
A Close Doctor-Patient Relationship
A hallmark of DPC is a trusted and enduring doctor-patient relationship that develops naturally through adequate face time. Because DPC practices do not need to meet burdensome requirements imposed by insurers, a typical DPC practice has much smaller patient panel than a fee-for-service practice. As a result, the doctor has enough time to truly get to know his or her patients. Additionally, longer and more relaxed appointments allow for in-depth discussions that extend beyond health issues to lifestyle practices. Ultimately, the goal of DPC is to help patients achieve and maintain optimum health and well-being.
Predictable Health Care Expenses
A DPC practice offers a transparent pricing schedule upfront. A 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. Group discounts are often available, and patients can also receive off-site tests and procedures at discounted rates. While DPC patients do not need to pay high insurance premiums for primary health care coverage – another plus – they are encouraged to purchase a complementary health insurance plan to cover any complex or catastrophic medical services outside of primary care.
If you’d like to learn more about DPC, contact Optimum Direct Care today. We can answer your questions and help you decide if our DPC practice is right for you.