What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care is a new practice model which allows doctors and patients to have a relationship which does not involve insurance companies. Your doctor is employed by YOU. In this alternative payment model, patients pay a monthly membership fee and the doctors provide the professional service. They have a direct relationship with their doctor!
We can spend MUCH MORE TIME with each patient. Included in the monthly fee, patients have easy access to the physician via phone, email, video chat and in-person visits. There are no co-pays or additional fees for procedures! Many in offices tests are included free with membership. Labs and radiology are offered at deep discounts, up to 90% discount from insurance based prices. In addition to providing accessible, quality health care, Direct Primary Care offices often have medication dispensaries on site which sell medications at wholesale prices. Medications are purchased in bulk and dispensed at wholesale prices to our patients.
DPC takes out the middle man, cuts through the layers of complexity and provides good, old-fashioned customer service just like in the golden years of family medicine.
What is Included?
- One hour annual wellness visits
Thirty minute office visits for acute illnesses, usually the same day, or within one business day
Management of chronic medical issues
Minor surgical procedures and some joint injections
Freezing of warts and other skin lesions
EKGs, spirometry (breathing tests), ABIs (circulation screening tests)
Finger stick blood testing and urine tests
Laboratory tests sent to outside labs provided at cost plus a $10 draw fee (Often at a 90% savings compared to other laboratories)
Many generic medications are available in office or on order at just 10% above wholesale cost
- E-mail and telephone access directly to your physician
SMS Text messaging during business hours
Discounts on house calls
No co-payments or scheduling fees
Every visit with your personal physician, not a physician assistant or nurse practitioner who did not go to medical school
Vaccines for children provided at no cost, supplied by the state of Maine
Vaccines for adults provided at our wholesale cost
When MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays or other tests are needed, we send our patients to facilities that provide better service and offer cash discounts
When our patients need to see a specialist, we prefer to send our patients to independent physician practices, were they get better attention, and often, better prices.
What's not Included?
- Inpatient care of hospitalized patients
Nursing home visits
X-rays, Ultrasounds, CT scans or MRIs
Legal proceedings and depositions