Patients who join Direct Primary Care practices, like Direct Doctors, often express wonderment at how we are able to spend more time with our patients, never make them feel rushed, never make them wait, and get back to them quickly with answers to their questions. Here’s how we make this happen and why your typical primary care office cannot.
At Direct Primary Care practices across the country, doctors are breaking down the traditional barriers that are put up between patient and doctor. At Direct Doctors, while we are not concierge, our business model is simple. Patients pay a monthly fee directly to their doctor. The doctor pays overhead expenses to run the practice and then pays him/herself the rest. In this model, patients pay doctors directly and doctors can cut out the multitude of middlemen skimming off the top while expertly blocking access to your doctor ;).
At most traditional PCP’s offices, the staff consists of (scroll through quickly if you know this!):
At Direct Doctors, and many DPC practices, the staff consists of:
See where I’m going with this? At Direct Doctor, our doctors make the decisions about what tests you need based on who you are as a person/patient, our doctors see you directly when you arrive (and decide whether you have to come in in the first place), our doctors text you back when you have a question, and our doctors take your blood pressure themselves! We are able to do this because we have forgone payment by the insurance giants and instead chosen to let our patients become members in our practice directly for a fairly nominal monthly fee which is affordable to many families.
To find out more about becoming a Direct Doctors’ patient, check us out at www.directdoctors.org.
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.