Direct primary care is essentially becoming a member of a primary care doctor's practice. Monthly membership fees are reasonable and may include certain services at little or no additional cost.
DPC doctors normally feature transparent pricing for services they provide. Often services include telemedicine (Skype, e-mail, etc,,), longer and more thorough office visits and may even include house calls.
Coupling a DPC membership with a lower cost, high deductible health insurance plan can provide for comprehensive coverage and lower premium costs. This can also be used with a MedicaidPlus strategy (I will cover this in a future blog) to create even more premium savings.
While expansion of DPC providers continues, there are still areas where no DPC providers are nearby. For Santa Clara County residents, there are two options--Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care (Santa Cruz) and The Village Doctor (Woodside). Use the mapper link below to search for DPC in your area...
Direct Primary Care Mapper (national)