What Is Direct Primary Care?
Direct primary care (DPC) is a care model where traditional insurance is bypassed. Small practices often employ this model where a set of services is covered for a monthly fee. The cost of direct primary care is directly covered by the consumer, who does not accept or bill third-party payers.
Like concierge care, direct primary care is patient-centered and can be more affordable than standard insurance-covered models of primary care.
“We spend time with [patients] and listen,” said Dr. Gold. “It’s a mutual agreement to work together towards better care. They can email, text FaceTime, etc. without having to take time to come in for everything so an insurance claim can be filed.”
DPC practices typically have a contract with patients to charge a monthly or annual fee in exchange for access to a wide range of primary care and medical services.