What is Direct Primary Care?
Simply defined, it's a medical payment model where the patient pays the physician a membership fee to be a part of the physician's practice. Most DPC physicians do not bill or accept payment from insurance companies. The membership fee typically covers most of the services the physician may provide in the office, including treatments that would be billed separately under the insurance model.
Tests like EKGs, spirometry, urinalysis, and pregnancy tests for example, are included in the membership.
Procedures such as joint injections, sutures, and skin lesion removal are included in the membership. There are usually additional charges if a sample is sent to the lab or pathology for processing.
Tests or treatments done by specialists or the hospital are not covered in the membership fees. For this reason, DPC physicians continue to recommend some form of catastrophic or high deductible health coverage for those unplanned events.
What is Family Medicine?
Your family means everything to you, and you want to ensure your loved ones live long and productive lives. The purpose of family medicine is to focus on creating long-term relationships with patients and their families, while also providing quality, compassionate care for a full range of issues. This includes acute and chronic diseases, preventive care and even mental health. Unlike other specialties that may focus on a specific illness or organ, family medicine specializes in treating the whole person, no matter their age or gender. Family practitioners help patients remain healthy and free of disease through routine visits, immunizations and screenings. They may provide medical care in a variety of different settings, including at-home care, standard clinics, hospitals and urgent care centers.
From diabetes and heart disease to asthma and physical injuries, the practice of a family practitioner offers patients long-term individualized care to handle their most serious health issues.
What Does a Family Doctor Do?
Some responsibilities of your family physician include:
Family physicians offer the care you need to reduce your risk of developing illness. In fact, it has been shown that those with primary health care have better overall health than those who do not. By maintaining an active relationship with your family physician, you can reduce your overall health care costs, while getting the preventive care you need to keep you feeling healthy and happy.
A personal relationship between your physician and your family can change your life. It can even save you money by reducing your monthly insurance premium to cover only catastrophic needs. Join us today!