Many families are concerned about the rising costs of healthcare. Your insurance card doesn’t mean much when there’s a $5,000 deductible and a 20% co-insurance payment. On top of that, healthcare providers are as squeezed by insurance companies as the patients they serve. From high deductibles, to long waits for appointments, to outrageous prescription prices, our broken healthcare system can feel like an impossible problem to solve.
There is a better way — Direct primary care. Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an affordable healthcare model based on a monthly membership with a specific primary care provider or office. Once you pay the monthly fee, you can see your doctor as often as you like. DPC providers do not accept insurance and focus on quality patient care.
A recent article in The Hill discusses how people are delaying important screenings and procedures they need out of cost concerns. Direct Primary Care includes many of these routine medical services and also offers discounts on labs, prescriptions and procedures. DPC works especially well for people who need recurring appointments for chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
This case study from Direct Care For Me provides an example of how much a family can save with the Direct Primary Care model. By combining a DPC plan with a high deductible plan for emergencies, the family saved nearly 40% over the previous year’s costs. They do not use their insurance for primary care, as it is much less expensive to pay the monthly DPC membership. If they never have to go to the hospital, they incur no deductible costs.
Zion Urgent Care offers Direct Primary Care for a low monthly fee of $99. This includes unlimited visits with the doctor, plus the use of an app that allows patients to communicate with their provider via text, email or phone. DPC interrupts the cycle of the consumer being taken advantage of by the insurance companies and puts your health in your own hands. Direct Primary Care is affordable, delivers better health outcomes and lets patients build a trusting, long-term relationship with their doctor.