Prospective patients at Direct Doctors often say, “this is too good to be true.” They rave about how we offer unlimited patient visits, give out our cell phones, and never make anyone wait. Many patients feel the fee is nominal compared to the access and service they receive. But patients often wonder, “If I get really sick, will my fees go up?”
As a direct primary care doctor, I get this question all the time. The most common question patients, or skeptics, pose is why they would pay twice for health care. The first thing to point out is that health insurance does not equal health care. The two are not synonymous. Having health insurance does not guarantee you access to health care, and certainly does not give you access to quality health care. It simply provides an avenue to have costs for specific services “covered.”
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.