This website will introduce you to an innovative model of healthcare that allows a direct relationship between the patient and physician without involvement of third parties including insurance, drug or hospital corporations. It's called "direct primary care."
Direct primary care is a growing movement across the United States. A recent poll shows >9% of physicians planning on converting their practices to this model in the next three years. Our current system places undue pressure on the physician/patient relationship and deprives both parties of the resources necessary to provide/experience quality health care. Time is a major factor, as most patients who have seen a traditional primary care provider in recent years will attest.
This past summer (2015) I opened a Direct Primary Care here in Blacksburg, VA. I provide wholistic outpatient primary care for the family. We are growing steadily and have been very impressed/overwhelmed with this model, the relationships we have made with our patients and with support from the NRV community!
Here is a brief overview highlighting a couple of distinctive aspects of my practice.
1. As implied above I do not take insurance; patients are enrolled in the practice based on monthly membership fees.
Membership provides access to the following:
- My cell phone number for medical questions and visit scheduling.
- Urgent care appointments which I triage by phone.
- Chronic disease management & annual preventative health visits without a co-pay.
- An exclusive at-cost formulary including majority of primary care medications. This list is available in the office to guide medical decision making and medications are provided to our patients through a local pharmacy with a free home delivery option.
- Exclusive at-cost lab and pathology testing. Through agreements with national suppliers we are able to pass our prices on to you!
2. I see children through elderly adults and have set my pricing to target families with children.
3. I see 6-10 patients per day.
National average for primary care is 20-30/day! This means I have time to develop a relationship with my patients and provide high quality personalized care with maximum continuity and patient advocacy.
4. Pricing is designed to represent a significant savings on basic primary care expenses for the average family as opposed to the traditional model.
I do recommend that patients maintain catastrophic health insurance (relatively inexpensive), and encourage patients save money in a health savings account (pre-tax) for health related expenses not covered by my practice such as diagnostic imaging, specialist referrals or off-formulary medicines. I also encourage patients to spend money on preventative health such as gym memberships, healthy foods (often more expensive), etc. I truly believe that this model offers the best value for your health care dollar available.