“Direct Primary Care” means the physician works directly for the patient. The physician provides the patient with primary medical care without insurance or government involvement. The physician sets a fixed monthly fee and the patient pays this directly to the physician. The physician and the practice will not bill insurances for care.
While this is a big change for many patients, it has many advantages. Removing the middlemen (insurance) from primary care makes it affordable for most patients, less than the cost of typical cell phone or cable plans. Without the restrictions of insurance plans, physicians have more time for each patient and can address additional problems at one visit. Flexible, open schedules reduce unnecessary ER visits. When medically appropriate, some care can be managed over the phone or via secure messaging, without an office visit – saving time and money. Multiple problem visits, shorter waits, flexible office hours and more care outside of office visits means less time lost from work or family.
Direct Primary Care is NOT insurance and patients are strongly encouraged to have insurance coverage for emergencies and large medical expenses. Many patients and employers find a lower cost, higher deductible insurance plan works well with direct care and saves more than the price of a direct primary care membership.
As a member of Alpenglow Family Medicine, you receive routine office visits at our clinic, procedures, in-office labs, an annual flu shot in addition to these premium features:
Access. Reach your doctor by phone, secure text message, secure email, secure video conference. We can discuss most medical concerns and questions without the need for a clinic visit, or we can provide after hours guidance to help determine the need for urgent or emergent care. Our goal is to maximize your health while reducing your need for costly hospital or emergency care.
Time. We recognize that good quality care begins by taking the time to get to know you as a person, understand your background, your priorities for your health. In the ‘assembly line’ of traditional medicine today, patients spend an average of 5-8 minutes of face to face time with a random clinical provider. We reserve no less than 30 minutes per appointment for each visit and can add additional time or appointments to work through complicated issues.
Continuity. At Alpenglow Family Medicine, you will be followed by a single physician, or a single physician assistant/nurse practitioner (at your choosing). This is unfortunately very rare in current medical settings, but we feel it is critical to provide the most personalized service through a single physician who knows and understands you as a person. We believe much power is gained through single point continuity.
Cost sensitivity. One of our goals is to make premium quality primary care affordable in this community. The first three themes above are the healthcare. We understand our patients are concerned about both the small and large costs of principle means of cutting waste. Furthermore, we strive to cut the smaller healthcare costs by offering discounted medications, negotiated group rate laboratory studies and diagnostic imaging studies.