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Direct Primary Care
What is Direct Primary Care?
This is healthcare like you’ve never experienced it.
Direct primary care, or DPC for short, is a simple idea that solves a very complex problem.
Here’s a thought experiment: what if you took all the worst parts about healthcare in America — insurance companies and their mountains of paperwork, greedy corporate hospital systems that don’t care about patient satisfaction, highly paid office staff to file insurance claims for your doctor, and all the shadowy middlemen trying to eliminate price transparency — and you threw them all out the window. That’s DPC in a nutshell.
What are the benefits of a direct primary care membership?
A Direct Primary Care (DPC) membership is a type of healthcare delivery model that provides patients with direct access to primary care services without the need for insurance. Here are some of the benefits of a DPC membership:
- Increased Access to Care: DPC members have more direct access to their primary care physician, often including same-day or next-day appointments, longer appointment times, and direct phone and email access.
- Lower Costs: DPC members typically pay a monthly fee for their membership, which can be lower than the cost of traditional insurance premiums. This monthly fee covers all primary care services, so patients do not have to pay out of pocket for individual appointments or procedures.
- Quality Care: DPC providers have fewer patients, allowing them to spend more time with each individual and provide more personalized care. This model can result in better health outcomes and increased patient satisfaction.
- Reduced Bureaucracy: With a DPC membership, patients do not have to navigate the complicated insurance system and can receive care without having to worry about insurance claims or pre-authorizations.
- Improved Coordination of Care: DPC providers can coordinate with specialists and other healthcare providers to ensure that their patients receive the best possible care.
- Preventive Care: DPC providers often emphasize preventive care, which can help patients maintain good health and avoid more serious and expensive health problems in the future.
In summary, a DPC membership can offer patients increased access to quality care, lower costs, reduced bureaucracy, improved coordination of care, and a focus on preventive care.
How much does direct primary care cost?
The cost of a Direct Primary Care (DPC) membership varies depending on the provider and location. On average, DPC memberships range from $50 to $150 per month for individuals and $150 to $300 per month for families.
At HealthSprings Direct, your monthly membership is based on your age. Click HERE to visit our pricing page.
We are also able to pass wholesale medication pricing and significant lab and xray discounts to our patients.
It’s important to note that the monthly fee for a DPC membership is typically lower than the cost of traditional health insurance premiums, but it does not cover the cost of specialty care, hospitalization, or other medical services that are typically covered by insurance.
It’s important to do your research and compare the costs of a DPC membership with your current healthcare costs to determine if it’s a good financial fit for you. It may also be helpful to ask the DPC provider about any additional fees or costs that may be associated with their services.
Is direct primary care the same as concierge medicine?
You may have heard of a similar model called “concierge medicine”. While there are similarities with DPC, the two are different in some fundamental ways. For starters, concierge practices often bill your insurance in addition to a monthly fee (though some don’t—which makes them DPC practices!). This means they’re still a part of the insurance industry’s ridiculously complex reimbursement system, so they have to hire administrators to handle all the paperwork. This gets reflected in your monthly fee; the average concierge practice bills $200-300 per month. By comparison, DPC memberships cost approximately as much as your cell phone bill. Concierge was a step in the right direction, but it didn’t go far enough. To bring sanity back to primary care, you need to cut insurance out of the picture entirely.
Why is direct primary care a monthly membership?
If it seems like everything is a subscription these days, that’s probably because it is! And with good reason: subscriptions are the best way for a business (of any kind) to offer high-quality service and support over a long period of time. If you long for the days when software cost hundreds of dollars and came in a box, DPC might not be for you.
The alternative would be itemized, “usage-based” pricing—the exact pricing scheme used by the traditional healthcare system. And that didn’t work out so well for anyone. There are a hundred little perks of being a DPC patient. Frankly, the benefits of being a DPC patient are too varied and rich to be broken down into a “menu of services”. Paying your DPC doctor for every thing they do would be like paying Netflix for every episode of TV you watch. Sounds awful.
upper respiratory and ear infections
wounds and rashes
acute pain & headaches
urinary tract infections
Covid, Strep and Flu Testing in office
Prevention & Management
Managing chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or thyroid disorder.
immunization management and coordination
coordination of screenings such as colonoscopy, bone densometry, mammogram, etc
Wellness Visits & Physicals
Yearly Employment Physicals
Female Gynecologic Exams
Sports Physicals, School Physical
FAA Exams (discounted for members)