For the patient, Direct Primary Care (DPC) eliminates the financial and emotional overhead associated with the doctor visit. Patients pay a monthly retainer fee that typically ranges from $80-$150 per month for which they have unprecedented access to their to their personal physician. Same-day or next-day appointments during normal business days, no waiting time, extended office visits, and unrestricted access to their physician are some of the benefits of a DPC practice.
The use of a Direct Primary Care doctor will have dramatic, even life-changing, effects on patients with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, COPD or high blood pressure. Your doctor becomes a partner in your care management and closely monitors your disease including aggressive medication management. In the unlikely event of a life-threatening accident or disease, your doctor serves as your quarterback, coordinating care across multiple providers, facilities and prescriptions. In a Direct Primary Care practice, the patient and the PCP have a direct relationship where the Primary Care Physicians (PCP) can allot meaningful time for patient interaction. The PCP can expect to:
Get back to practicing medicine the way they envisioned when they chose to become a Physician – making a real difference in their patient’s lives.
Earn a fair income for all services provided.
Spend time getting to know their patients, building long-term, deeper relationships.
Practice in an intellectually stimulating environment that uses the breadth of their skills.
Have a balanced lifestyle that supports personal and professional growth.
Be the central hub, coordinating patient care throughout the health care system.
There is clear evidence that a monumental shift in patient care is emerging. There are currently 5500 DPC practices in the United States. Direct Primary Care is a powerful movement, but still early in its life cycle. But with the challenges facing PCPs, the reduction in fees paid by the insurance companies and the growing patient frustration in the traditional Fee-For-Service (FFS) model, Direct Primary Care is here to stay.