If you haven’t heard of direct primary care, keep reading! This new approach to healthcare is taking the medical world by storm and has been tailored to offer affordable care services to everyone, even those without insurance. However, for those unfamiliar with this concept, the idea can seem overwhelming, confusing, and maybe even scary. The majority of today’s health care patients are so accustomed to our typical insurance-based healthcare system that any alternative can be concerning. The best way to combat this lack of understanding is with education and awareness. Specifically, layman’s style information that’s easy for patients to process and understand. To help you do that, here are answers to the six most frequently asked questions about direct primary care.
What is direct primary care?
Direct primary care provides you with the medical attention you need without annoying hassles, such as insurance. With DCP, patients have a direct relationship with their doctor, and can spend an unrestricted amount of time discussing their treatment plan with him or her. With direct primary care you have contact with a physician at any time via cell phone, computer, email or Skype. Basically, patients who belong to direct primary care practices receive better, 24/7 care for less money.
How much does it cost?
Although costs can vary from practice to practice, patients can plan to pay a monthly fee as well as costs for visits, labs, and basic procedures. While this may sound unconventional, the monthly fee as well as the other charges are much more affordable than insurance-based premiums, and deductibles. The membership fees cover a wide range of services including all office visit expenses such as being seen by the physician, a nurse-only visit, lab draws, standard immunizations, and in-house office procedures. Patients will get a discount on home visits and they are provided with a personal physician who is dedicated to their health and is interested in them as an individual.
What about medications?
With direct primary care, you and your physician are a team. This is especially important when it comes to your medications. Your physician will help you get the best medicine for you and your particular situation as affordably as possible.
What about specialists?
One of the best parts of direct primary care practices is the wide range of services that are offered. From dermatology to pediatrics, you can get most of your care in one place and from one doctor. For more complex issues, a direct primary care physician will refer patients out to specialists. In these instances, direct primary care clinics have agreements with the most commonly referred specialists for discounted rates. But for everything else, your direct primary care team will take care of you and your family.
Why should you consider direct primary care?
Direct primary care physicians are not paid per appointment. This frees them up to spend more quality time with each patient. When physicians are rushed from patient to patient, that pressure can add stress and prevent good listening. Listening and individualized care is essential for an accurate diagnosis and a good treatment plan. Ultimately, a DCP physician can give you superior care, helping you to save time and money.
How do I get started?
There are many ways to sign up, start by visiting The Simple Clinic. For your convenience we have included an online contact form on our website. Here we have more information about packages and pricing and you can ask any questions about our services and memberships.