DPC: How Your Membership Works For You

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June 15, 2022

Let’s face it. Our healthcare system is a mess. Healthcare is expensive and impersonal, and the system is confusing to navigate – for providers and patients alike. That’s why I broke away from the conventional insurance-based model and started my direct primary care (DPC) practice.

The DPC model allows me to offer straightforward, affordable, and unlimited access to myself and my team. That way, we can get to know each other, and you can feel safe in the knowledge that you have a primary care provider that knows both you and your medical history.

What is DPC?

DPC is a straightforward approach to the relationship between a patient and a doctor. The DPC model breaks free from conventional insurance model practices like billing insurance and third-party payers. Instead, DPC practices like Primary Care Simplified offer monthly memberships that you pay directly to our practice.

Direct primary care includes the routine services you expect like

  • annual checkups
  • physicals
  • wellness visits
  • treatment of common injuries and illnesses
  • care coordination and specialist referrals

For example, with our Medical Membership, you pay a fixed monthly rate (determined by your age), and you have access to:

  • Unlimited office appointments
  • Unlimited telehealth appointments
  • Adult or Pediatric Wellness visits
  • Pap smears
  • Discounted lab pricing

I also wanted bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to be more accessible so that my patients would know how much it costs upfront. That’s why we offer Female and Male hormone optimization packages that you pay on a monthly basis. These packages provide you with 4 Slim Boost injections, BHRT pellet insertion every four months, and all the supplements you need to keep your hormones in balance and your body feeling great!

list of benefits offered by DPC direct primary care

The Benefits of DPC

The benefits of using a DPC are many. Here are a few of my favorites:

1 You never have to wonder how much you’ll pay for an appointment or lab test.

2 You won’t have an unexpected doctor’s bill show up in your mailbox five months after you thought you’d paid everything.

3 You don’t have to know calculus to figure out your medical costs.

4 You won’t be hurried in and out of the office.

5 We’ll never treat you like a number.

How to Make the DPC Model Work For You

Although DPC healthcare can cover your primary and preventative care, it can’t cover everything. Specialists, surgeries, and hospitalization all cost big bucks, so we always recommend you have a high-deductible health plan to help cover large medical expenses.

If you don’t want to deal with insurance companies, you can use a medical cost-share provider like Sedera. With a cost-share, you pay a monthly membership fee which goes towards admin fees and helps pay other members’ medical expenses. When you have a medical expense, the other members pay your expenses with their membership fees. It’s a win-win!

Is DPC Membership Worth It?

I believe it is. So does everyone here on my staff. And so do my patients. Contact us today, and we’ll be glad to talk with you more about it!

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