What is Direct Care?

What is Direct Care?

Direct care is exactly what it sounds like – medical care directed straight at the patient. No insurance middle man, no red tape and certainly no opportunity for things to get lost in translation.

What’s it Like Being a Direct Care Physician?
A direct care doctor deals with patients one-on-one, from both treatment and billing perspectives. As a direct care physician, you’ll see fewer patients so you can spend more time with each one – whenever the patient needs it. In your spare time, you’ll take action to better your practice – and those actions don’t involve piles of paperwork. Without the hoops insurance forces the traditional primary care physician to jump through, as a direct care doctor you’ll spend more time doing what you signed up for in the first place – providing fantastic quality healthcare.

Imagine this. Run your practice your way and get back to the reason you enrolled in med school. Prescribe medications right from your in-house pharmacy. Bill your patients directly – without ever going near a third party or ICD-anything. Correspond with your patients via Twitter direct messages, text messages, email, or even Skype. It’s not too good to be true – this can be your practice. There’s even EMR software to make it thrive.

What’s it Like Being a Direct Care Patient?
As the patient of a direct care medical practice, you’ll enjoy things like 24/7 accessibility to your doctor, house calls, wholesale prescriptions costs, extended visits, same day scheduling and more. When you sign up with a direct care clinic, you’re also eliminating the insurance middle man – and saving money. A monthly membership fee allows you to only pay for the services you need – when you need them. You don’t have to get rid of your health insurance all together, but by finding a plan that complements your direct care membership, most patients save more than the cost of their membership when all’s said and done. Several direct care clinics will work with you to find that happy medium – in fact, some of them even have insurance representatives on-hand to help specifically in that area.

It’s like having a doctor in the family – one you can call at any hour of the day (or night!). Correspond with them using modern technology like text, Twitter, Skype, email, or the traditional phone call if you prefer. Spend as much time with your doctor as you’d like – and ask all the questions that come to mind. Your direct care physician’s primary concern is you! And that’s the way it should be.

The Direct Care Movement is Growing
As the direct care healthcare model takes off around the country, there’s a lot to learn and even more to take advantage of. But one thing’s for sure. Everyone – physicians, patients and insurance companies – are getting what they want: better quality healthcare.

13 thoughts on “What is Direct Care?

  1. Wayne Harper says:

    Perfect example of the human spirit looking for simple solutions in a very complex health care created by bureaucRATS!! keep up the good work .. Peace and Blessings

  2. There are a number of things in this explanation that aren’t adding up for me.

    If the doctor is seeing fewer patients and spending more time with them, the cost per visit will need to go up or she’ll be losing money, right? Is that higher cost reflected in the amount the patient is charged for their monthly membership fee?

    And is the monthly fee the only thing the patient pays, or are there additional per-visit fees, or charges for certain services? What services are included in that fee? I would assume that something like an MRI would not be, but what about vaccinations, for instance?

    If the patient is paying wholesale costs for prescription medicines, what’s the incentive for a physician to take on the ordering, inventory control, and liability hassles of having their own in-house pharmacy? How will the doctor make money on it — enough money to make it worthwhile?

    I can’t imagine that the direct care membership would cover all the procedures and care that would be required if I was in a catastrophic accident, had a hard-to-diagnose neurological problem, developed cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, etc. So I would also need health insurance to cover those possibilities. How can the cost of the direct care membership plus the cost of major medical health insurance be cheaper than health insurance alone?

    • Hilary,

      I believe I can see how your questions are generated, I think they stem from the mechanics of the healthcare system that we all have grown accustomed to.

      Direct Primary Care (DPC) however has set it’s sights differently from the very base. Simplicity is the key word here. You wonder how a low monthly fee for membership can float a practice? And if the cost for membership must therefore be high!? The average membership fee per month is right at $70.00.

      And here is how:

      – Substantial cutting of cost through rigorous elimination of administrative burdens that come with insurance billing.

      – That same process also frees up huge amounts of time for the physician that she or he can now dedicate to the patient care. Combined with a much smaller patient base in our case less than 20% that makes for good patient visits.

      – The medications along with everything else that is offered in the confines of the DPC practice is 100% geared towards tying as much value as we can to the membership in the practice. The idea here is to make and keep it simple, no surprises for the patients through hidden cost or charges.

      – However there are things that cannot be offered within the realm of membership, an MRI is still costly, but can be attained through DPC practice with local imaging centers at a much reduced cash rate. That will help the DPC patient save money and confusion as the patient will be informed exactly on how much it is going to cost before he or she elects to take advantage of any such outside services. Compared to using your insurance plan you are saving money over your deductible and have 100% clarity at any given time during the process.

      – Besides the above mentioned exceptions, you will be surprised to see what all IS included in the membership at NO extra charge: Unlimited visits, basic labs, physicals, Injections, joint injections, EKG, Skin Tag removal, freezing of warts, sutures removed, wound care, breathing tests, breathing treatment, women’s care with pap smear and many other things.

      I hope I was able to shed some light on your questions as to how DPC works for both sides and showed at the same time how affordable it is.

      If you would like to visit our website for reference it is listed below, you will find that most every DPC practice across the country has about the same core values and pricing is close too.

      Kind regards, Oliver Braun

  3. Capello says:

    Will this be an alternative to Obama care or will this be a supplement and or additional cost.

    • Hello Capello,

      This does not replace Obama care or any insurance plan for that matter.

      A DPC membership is a cash expense that buys you healthcare at your primary care providers office (Internist or Family Practitioner). However it will take care of the majority of your healthcare needs at a low monthly rate. The great upside is that you get much better care with no hassle.

      I would like to invite you visit our website to get a better idea of how it all works, you will find that most DPC practice are close to identical in what they offer and charge. Therefore I am just referencing to our website as a general glimpse of DPC as a whole.

      Kind regards, Oliver Braun

  4. I woul like to know about Drs in the Oceanside area. The monthly cost and about how to handle a hospital stay

  5. Jeanette Dippell says:

    I have grown children who have received notices that the cost of their insurance has been increased.
    Also some grandchildren — 2 are over 26.

    Are you able to give me some advice for them.

    Thank you

  6. Chuck Dotson says:

    I’m also not quite clear how this works. It sounds like direct care is a kind of concierge medical service where the physician does not accept insurance and the patient pays the physician directly. Is this the case?

    I’m intrigued by the idea but I need to understand exactly what the business model is, and what the fees involved are.


  7. Finally! I’ve been hoping against hope that we could find our way out of the middle man mess we have been in for so long! Pay a man for the value of his service and leave out all those unnecessary expenses. It will work; I applaud you for your vision and guts. PS. Love the name and logo!

  8. Rosie Kay Daniels says:

    I want to cancel medicare and have directcare. Is there a clinic/Dr. in the Temecula/Menifee area?
    What is the cost for membership? What about if I need catastrophic medical care? Right now I take no drugs, went to the Dr. because ins. co. said I had to make a visit… I love the idea!

  9. Tucker says:

    I’m new at this and am trying to locate a physician in Wichita, Kansas. I’m looking all over this site but can’t find a single thing about how to simply talk with someone first, like traditional insurance. Please advise

    • admin says:

      Hi Tucker! I’d like to direct you to http:www.atlas.md/wichita. There you’ll find all kinds of information about Atlas MD – our Direct Care practice in Wichita, KS. We even have an insurance specialist available to help with specific questions. Please feel free to contact them directly using the info on this page: http://atlas.md/wichita/contact-us/.



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