Direct Primary Care is a membership model of healthcare where a monthly fee allows patients to receive
unlimited office visits, email, phone or secure messaging contact with your primary care doctor. Its objective
is to provide comprehensive medical care for all your primary care needs with minimal barriers to access, while
promoting a long standing, trusted relationship between you and your doctor at an affordable, predictable cost!
Concierge practices typically charge a high retainer and would also bill insurance for visits that are delivered. Direct Care model typically has a lower monthly fee for unlimited visits, does not require a retainer and will not bill insurance for visits.
There are no pre-existing condition exclusions and there are no increases in the membership fee based upon
prior health history. In fact, patients with chronic medical conditions stand to benefit the most from a direct
primary care membership.
The membership gives you access to discounted prices for labs, pathology for PAP smears, skin biopsies, vaccines, etc. You will be referred to a cost effective imaging center for x-rays and advanced imaging.
You won't have to pay a co-pay for office visits or routine physicals. You may also be able to reduce office visits by having many of your concerns addressed by sending your questions directly to your doctor via secure messaging or calling the office.
Many patients carry some traditional form of insurance that has high premium costs. By switching to high deductible plans, patient’s savings on premium are often much more than the cost of membership and premium on high deductible plan that help cover catastrophic and high cost events.
Should you require hospital admission, your physician will be glad to recommend some facilities to you. If you have insurance, the hospital will bill your insurance. Your provider will also coordinate your referral to a specialist that offers direct care services or that accepts your insurance.
In the age of technology, many conditions can be diagnosed and treated via a simple conversation by phone or email. If appropriate, your doctor will locate the nearest pharmacy and order medication most suited for your circumstance.
Yes. Direct Primary Care is NOT insurance. While your membership includes access to a discounted cash pricing network of specialists, labs and imaging, you should have an option for reimbursement of expenses due to a catastrophic medical issue.
It is recommended that patients continue to carry a medical plan or a health savings account. Bills for care provided by specialist or hospital bills for a serious illness or an accident are generally too large for patient to cover on their own. Health insurance ensures financial help should hospitalization or referral to a specialist be necessary.