frequently asked questions

Why direct primary care?

The current system focuses on sickness instead of wellness.  The doctor-patient interaction is shaped by the need to generate billing codes and high-volume.  It is enormously expensive and frustrating for patients.  By eliminating the wasteful parts of the system and focusing on excellent primary care, our aim is to take care of 90% of your health needs at a much lower cost while providing a much more satisfying experience for you.

This sounds too good to be true...

This is one of the most common questions we get.  Actually, the current system is "too bad to be true."  The amount of waste involved in the current system is really breathtaking.  And the irony is that the majority of this waste does absolutely nothing to improve patient care.

What insurance do you take?

Our practice does not contract with any third party payers, meaning we will not submit any bills on your behalf.  Paying for primary care this way makes it fantastically expensive and frustrating for everyone.  Insurance is for unpredictable, catastrophic events, like accidents or cancer.

Do I still need health insurance?

YES!  We all need insurance in case something bad happens.  By focusing on your health, preventing diseases, and doing a great job at managing the ones you have, we hope to keep you away from the high-cost part of the health system.  But there's always a chance something could happen to any of us, and that's where insurance comes in.  Your insurance may also offer high-cost preventative services (like colonoscopy) at no out-of-pocket cost.

What about labs, imaging, and specialty services?

Most DPC practices offer highly discounted services in all of these areas through pre-arranged discounts.  For example, most lab tests can be done through a DPC practice for just a few dollars.  These same tests at a hospital or and insurance-based practice would cost many times more.  The same goes for xrays, CT scans, and other services.  Most DPC practices also arrange for deep discounts for specialty services and procedures such as office visits, colonoscopies, echocardiograms, etc.  We will be working in the meantime to have these kinds of discounts arranged when we open.

How is this supposed to save me money?

That depends.  If you have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), then you are probably well aware of the high costs of office visits, labs, imaging, and procedures.  If you have a deductible of $1500 or more then it may well cost less out of pocket to see us.  If you don't have a high deductible and pay your own premiums (either through the exchange or your employer), you may be able to switch to a HDHP and the savings in premiums will usually more than pay for your DPC membership.  If you take prescription medications, we may well be able to save you an amount that covers much, if not all, of your membership amount!

How do I know if this is for me or my family?

Are you frustrated by the current health care system?  Do you avoid going to the doctor when you need to because you are afraid of what it will cost?  Have you ever gotten a big surprise in the mail weeks after a health care encounter?  Do you desire a strong doctor-patient relationship?  Do you feel like there are very tall barriers between you and your/your child’s doctor?  Would you like same-day/next-day appointments that start on time?  Would you like to be able to handle simple problems over email/text/telephone with your personal doctor?