DPC (Direct Primary Care) gives you access to your primary care doctor. Many picture this like the old school of having a neighborhood, family doctor. You made an appointment or stopped by a local office, spent good time with your doctor carefully detailing what was happening with you and getting the care you needed.
Insurance companies have destroyed the relationship between patient and primary care doctor. Requirements and expectations put on the doctor have shortened your appointment length, delayed your ability to see your doctor when needed and created an unrealistic expectation for what should be accomplished at these appointments. If you are lucky seeing your doctor under the old traditional system will work out. You could possibly end up in an urgent care if scheduling is an issue. Once all is done again you hope to be lucky and only have a co-pay to pay. Time and cost seems to stress everyone out and many times people decide to just self diagnose and treat, which usually means a longer recovery and more down time and hopefully it is nothing more serious and you worry.
- Same day/next day appointments
- Direct access to your doctor via phone, email, or text
- Primary care office visits with no copay
- Annual physical
- Extended, longer office visits
- Convenient scheduling
- In office labs and prescriptions
- Low monthly fee
- Valuable service
- Wholesale pricing for labs and prescriptions and imaging
- Procedural benefits at no extra cost
- Doctor-patient relationship
There is value in seeing a doctor that is working for you and NOT the insurance companies.
The average number of days patients needed to wait to get an appointment with their doctor in 2017 was 27 days! This is why the urgent care business has flourished. You have a rash waiting that long is impossible. You are feeling fatigued, you might decide to wait it out and by the time you see your doctor have other symptoms to add to the list.
Your appointment then only includes on average 5 min of face time with the doctor. 5 minutes is not enough time to talk about weight change, trying to quit smoking, changes in a chronic condition. In DPC you get all the time you need and typically appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes to 2 hours. In a DPC practice you are likely to get a phone call or text directly from the doctor to follow up on how you are feeling, if you have any questions about the medications prescribed, any new symptoms.
It is great to be cared for!