Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an innovative alternative payment model in primary care that is being embraced by more and more patients, employers, payers, and policymakers across the United States.
Making it easier for those with no insurance to seek quality healthcare. The defining element of DPC is a trusting relationship between a patient and their primary care provider.
What is Direct Primary Care?
In DPC, unwanted insurance-based service fees are replaced with a simple flat monthly fee established directly with the patient. Typically Included in that monthly fee is:
- After-hours access
- Annual wellness exams
- Sick visits
- Basic vaccinations
- Basic lab work
- Minor injury treatment
- And more
So, this sounds too good to be true, right? Or the cost for such a service must be astronomical. Surprisingly this form of primary care is very affordable.
What are the benefits of Direct Primary Care?
DPC removes insurance from the equation, eliminating “the middleman” in primary care. This, in turn, significantly simplifies and reduces the cost to operate. This saving is then passed down to the patient through a low monthly fee.
In addition, medical decisions are made by the provider and patient without the impersonal intrusion that inevitably comes from insurance involvement, leading to moving affordable and better overall care.
Other benefits of DPC include:
- More time with patients
- Simplified revenue structure
- Reduced administrative burden
For almost ten years as a primary care provider, I have seen co-pays and insurance deductibles increase exponentially. Even with the government mandate for individuals to carry insurance, more and more patients come to our clinic as self-pay with no insurance coverage.
Our organization’s mission is to “partner with our patients to exceedingly meet their health care needs.” Before offering DPC through Simple Clinic Direct, we were not offering care consistent with our mission for our patients with no insurance coverage or high deductible plans, mainly because of the cost.
As we sign up new Simple Clinic Direct patients each week, we can see the value offered by this model for primary care. We offer highly personalized and comprehensive acute and chronic medical care at an affordable price for patients who regularly do not see a provider.
Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to learn more about direct primary care. We look forward to serving you while keeping you and your family healthy and happy!