Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an exciting and innovative model for primary care being enthusiastically embraced by patients, physicians, employers and policymakers around the country. The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care doctor.
Empowering this relationship is the key to achieving optimal health outcomes, an improved patient experience, and potential cost savings. My DPC-style practice fosters the doctor-patient relationship by focusing on five key tenets:
- Service: The hallmark of this model is having the time to allow for your personalized, customized care, and to create a trusted partnership together. You have easy and ready access to me as your physician, and care when you need it. Unhurried interactions and frequent discussions allow us to assess lifestyle choices and treatment decisions aimed at your long-term health and wellbeing. Keeping my practice small allows me to support this commitment to service.
- Patient Choice: In choosing me as your own personal physician, you can be an active partner in your healthcare. I am available to you and able to get to know you well, and you are empowered to be fully involved in making your own medical choices.
- Aligned Incentives: Having a DPC-style practice allows me to be freed from the traditional fee-for-service model. This means I am no longer rewarded by the “system” for high patient volume instead of value. With a simple flat monthly fee that allows my practice to stay small, I can resist the numerous financial incentives that can distort care decisions and endanger a trusted doctor-patient relationship – such as expensive and inappropriate testing, referral, and treatment. As your physician, I now can work for you, not the insurance plans.
- Advocacy: As your doctor, I am your committed healthcare advocate. I have time to make informed, appropriate referrals and support your needs within the healthcare system. I accept the responsibility to be available to you as needed, serving as your guide and advocate. No matter where you are in the system, I can provide you with information about the quality, cost, and experience of care to help you make informed decisions.
- Stewardship: I believe that healthcare must provide more value to you, the patient, and the entire system. Healthcare can, and must, be higher-performing, more patient-responsive, less invasive, and less expensive than it is today. The ultimate goal is not simply the treatment of disease, but optimal health and wellbeing.