Direct Primary Care is Different
Experiencing the Doctor-Patient Relationship
DEFINE YOUR OWN CARE EXPERIENCE
Direct primary care fundamentally restores the patient-doctor relationship. People are encouraged to access a personal doctor that will collaborate on a treatment and spend time working with the patient to get and stay healthy. Having a physician advocate for care beyond the primary care office leads to health security and ultimately better outcomes.
Ultimately, a strong patient-doctor relationship drastically improves health outcomes:
British Medical Journal, October 2013
DIRECT PRIMARY CARE
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?
When you visit a direct primary care doctor, there is nothing that comes between you and your doctor. You have the time to ask any and all questions. You’re encouraged to discuss your stressors, your pains, your fears, your goals, and your needs. Direct primary care means paying a doctor directly to form a health partnership that cements the trust necessary to receive the care you deserve.
A traditional doctor office spends over 70% of its money on filing, administering, and trying to collect payment from insurance companies or the government. Layer upon layer of waste is adding up. It used to be doctors were the ones bearing the burden, but now patients are struggling. Direct primary care completely eliminates middlemen and frees a doctor to practice medicine how they were trained – in a way that benefits everyone.
Who can join these practices?
Because it is free of insurance, direct primary care is accessible to everyone – regardless of insurance coverage or health conditions. It doesn’t matter if you are uninsured or underinsured; if you are a Medicare recipient or if your employer provides coverage. Everyone can join and you will be able to keep your doctor, regardless of what happens to your health insurance.
The word “quality” is used extensively in healthcare. Quality care should be how well a doctor uses his knowledge, experience, and skills to address a person’s issues. Quality care should never be defined by insurance companies and government bureaucrats.
With a direct primary care membership, you can vote with your dollars. Quality is controlled by the members of the practice and is measured in customer service, overall well being, and how much a customer trusts their doctor and staff. If a doctor is providing quality care, it is by the patient’s definition. Ultimately, the doctor makes a living by keeping you healthy.
As a member of a direct primary care practice, a patient isn’t taking a financial risk every time they contact the doctor. The membership covers almost all primary care services a person requires, and if there is an additional cost involved with a procedure, the member knows what it will be upfront.
Since your Direct Primary Care doctor does not bill insurance, he isn’t limited to any networks. This means he or she can see you and your family the same day or the next day and you’ll never have to wait. Your doctor can also refer you to the best and brightest outside the office without restrictions of typical networks.
What’s the Secret?
Treating and caring for people should be done by a doctor. The only people in an exam room or discussing health issues or questions should be a person and his doctor. Direct Primary Care returns to that.
Insurance administrators and government regulators should not have a say in your treatment or care. No one or thing should be in the way of you seeing or talking to your trusted doctor.
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