The core philosophy of direct primary care is that health care decisions should be made by the patient and the doctor. A strong doctor patient relationship is essential to this process. As the methods of health care delivery have evolved, barriers have developed that interfere with the doctor patient relationship and shift choice away from the patient and the doctor to third parties – middle men. Over the years the HMOs, insurance companies and hospital systems have increasingly insinuated themselves and their needs and agendas between the doctor and the patient. Inadvertently, these changes have increased costs, distracted the physician and deprived the patient of choices for their own health management.
A Direct Primary Care practice is the solution. By removing the middle men as much as possible, comprehensive and truly patient-centered primary health care is affordable, transparent, and confidential. Removing middle men requires that a DPC practice not participate with or bill third party. We do not bill insurance. Participating with insurance plans dramatically increases the overhead for a medical clinic which gets passed on to the patient. We have eliminated that overhead expense and pass the savings on to you instead.
Do I still need insurance?
While a DPC membership at The Art of Medicine Direct meets your primary care needs, insurance is still necessary for expensive medical needs beyond the scope of primary care like hospitalization, surgery or emergencies. There are cost effective ways of obtaining this coverage including high deductible plans and Cost Sharing Groups like Healthshare ministries.