Everyone at some point is looking for a general physician who can be awarded with the title of your ‘family doctor’, which requires huddling through several healthcare plans and practices – But opting for the perfect plan that provides traditional primary care services within your budget can be tedious and perhaps, impossible.
From waiting a couple of months for your next appointment with your GP to paying unruly premiums and deductibles for the poor quality of service every time is depressing. So, is that it? Do you really have to resort to expensive primary care plans and third-party brokers when all you want to do is have a one-on-one relationship with your GP?
Let us help you navigate the world of Direct Primary Care, which, unlike traditional primary care, is built on a financially sustainable model targeted to meet all of your basic healthcare needs with a personalized touch.
What is Direct Primary Care & Why Should You Opt For It?
Direct Primary Care is a subscription-based model that allows you to establish a formidable relationship with your general practitioner without involving any intermediary or giving up an insurance plan. DPC also allows you to prioritize your healthcare by enabling you to book appointments and primary care procedures whenever you wish to acquire them.
Direct Primary Care was established to satisfy the Quadruple Aim of healthcare, hereby focusing on the provision of better and cost-effective healthcare services whilst offering a personalized experience to both employees and employers.
Due to its primary care membership model, DPC has made it easier for both employers and employees to choose their subscription plans wisely in order to avail the of most of their granted healthcare services. Whilst being convenient, DPC caters to a lesser pool of patients, due to its members-only policy, giving patients the opportunity to consult their GPs without time being a restraint.
What Benefits Does DPC Offer Employer and Employee?
Direct Primary Care not only aims to build a healthy relationship between the patient and their GP, but also to enable employers to provide their employees with the healthcare coverage they rightfully deserve.
Predictability and Stability
DPC offers stability and certainty to employers with its fixed membership plans by enabling them to pay the fixed costs for each employee’s healthcare plan.
Affordability and Cost-effectiveness
Expensive healthcare is a national crisis, and affordability is one of the major reasons limiting people from getting adequate and timely healthcare services. Over $216 billion are spent per annum on the management and preventive care of chronic heart diseases, which is the leading cause of death in the US.
Owing to its one-time subscription plans, DPC aims at ensuring its members’ expectations are met with comprehensive and cohesive healthcare services without costing any extra surcharge or fee. In addition, Manhattan Medical Arts offers discounts on imaging, vaccinations, and lab testing, which contrastingly, would have been more expensive with the traditional primary care route.
One-on-One Relationship with your General Physician
With the usual time restraints in a conventional primary care setting, patients usually complain of being unheard and misunderstood during their appointments. While some patients might find their timed appointment satisfying, for others, it might mean overlooking their health resulting in lesser follow-ups and thus, advancing illnesses.
With DPC, each patient gets to convey their concerns to their physician without being judged by a timed clock, and ensuring that they are heard within their own time. Having more face-time with a physician not only motivates employees to look after their health, but also helps them look forward to their next follow-up appointment with satisfaction.
Limitations of DPC
Despite all of its leverages over the traditional primary care healthcare system, DPC however, fails to replace the need to book a healthcare insurance company completely.
Direct Primary Care, as its name suggests, caters exclusively to primary healthcare services, making it lose its edge and importance in emergencies, life-threatening disabilities, or referrals to specialists for further assessment and treatment.
Your employees need an insurance plan in order to cover sudden expenditures or inpatient stays while dealing with emergencies or specialized care.
Whilst it is true that DPC offers tailored and personalized care to each patient as per satisfaction, it is also true that it only caters to fewer patients each time, thus, limiting access to a wider pool of patients.
– Disclaimer –
This blog is for informational & educational purposes only, and does not intend to substitute any professional medical advice or consultation. For any health related concerns, please consult with your physician, or call 911.
If you want to learn more about Primary Direct Care then read these blog posts: Why choose membership-based Direct Primary Care? | Direct Primary Care: solving health insurance affordability issues | Here’s why DPC Healthcare Services should be your first choice | Understanding Direct Primary Care: Overview Of DPC Practice
About The AuthorDr. Syra Hanif M.D.
Board Certified Primary Care Physician
Dr. Syra Hanif is a board-certified Primary Care Physician (PCP) dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered healthcare.Read More