What is Direct Primary Care?

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“Direct Primary Care” means the doctor works directly for the patient.

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a model of health care gaining popularity around the country. Some people call it “blue collar concierge care” because it’s like a concierge practice for the working person, meaning affordable!  By cutting out the middleman (the insurance company), doctors can focus directly on the patient, improving access to care and keeping costs down.

For a low, predictable monthly fee per individual- about the same as a cell phone or cable plan, you will have access to YOUR personal doctor for all primary care needs, including virtually unlimited office visits.  There are no additional copays, deductibles, or surprise hidden charges for visits. With a smaller patient base, Beyond Primary Care practices routinely offers same day access, minimal waits, and longer appointments for your annual check-up or urgent care needs. When medically appropriate, many issues can be managed over the phone or via messaging, without an office visit – saving time and money. Phone calls are forwarded directly to your own physician after hours.

While this is a big change for many patients, it has many advantages and allows for innovative features. Like other Direct Primary Care practices, Beyond Primary Care has set a fixed monthly fee and the patient pays this directly to the practice. The physician at Beyond Primary Care will provide the patient with primary medical care without insurance or government involvement. Medicare and Medicaid patients are welcome, but remember that we don’t bill them or insurers for your health care.

Direct Primary Care is NOT insurance and patients are strongly encouraged to have insurance coverage for emergencies and large medical expenses.  Many patients and employers find a lower cost, higher deductible insurance plan works well with direct primary care and saves more than the price of a direct primary care membership.

Referrals, outside testing and prescriptions are generally covered by most insurances, Medicare, and Medicaid- but confirm this with your insurer.  Many patients are pleasantly surprised to find we can usually find these at cash prices far below the “discounted” insurance price.

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