What is Direct Primary Care?
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DIRECT PRIMARY CARE Membership
what is direct access?
Direct access means you can talk to you primary care doctor when you need it. We use the technology of today to make access convenient and collaborative. You can talk to you primary care physician to ask a quick question by secure messaging, phone, text and virtual visits online when they are medically appropriate. Now your life doesn't have to stop for you to take care of yourself.
We offer extended hours, after hours phone calls, and flexible same-day scheduling. We can often meet urgent care needs and save you a trip to the hospital. We know when its time to use emergency care, so call any time with your concerns.
But i only go to the doctor once a year...
We know it seems strange to pay for care that you aren't sure you will use.
That is because you have never gone to a doctor who is trying to prevent disease and manage it proactively instead of only offering reactive treatment when you’re already sick.
You have never worked with a doctor that makes your health the biggest priority, works with you to meet goals and makes it convenient to do so. We want you to have the time to work to improve the balance of wellness in your own life.
Try it out. If you aren't satisfied with direct primary care you can cancel at any time. There are no contracts and no obligations. We also offer meet & greet phone consults to see if our philosophy is a good fit for you and your family.
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General DPC info:
IS THIS CONCIERGE CARE?
No, this is not Concierge Care. Concierge and Direct Primary Care have similar roots but many differences. In concierge there is typically a retainer fee charged annually; we charge monthly because for many an upfront cost is prohibitive. Concierge practices often continue to bill insurance; Direct Primary Care will not because we don't want you to have to pay twice for your care. Some concierge doctors will be available to you in nursing homes and hospitals, but we do not bill insurance so we will only see you in the office (unless you are a newborn, then we come to you!). We think Direct Primary Care's model is more accessible to all families. Our goal is to provide excellent service, and to greatly reduce cost. If you don't think our rates are affordable, call or email.
philosophy of care
WHAT IS A D.O.?
A D.O. is a Doctor of Osteopathy.
A Doctor of Osteopathy provides the same services as a primary care doctor with an MD and can prescribe medicines but also utilizes hands-on treatments called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT.
Links for more on osteopathic medicine
The History of Osteopathic Medicine
If you have questions about the difference between Osteopathy and craniosacral therapy read more here: http://osteopathichealthcareofmaine.com/osteopathy/do-vs-cst/
What is holistic family medicine?
Holistic family medicine finds optimal ways to support your health, incorporating the best of western and alternative practices. Building and maintaining health is our goal. We use modern medicine for what it is good at: innovative diagnostics.
Once we have a clear diagnosis, often we will add expanded laboratory testing to seek underlying causes of issues. Then we present the most effective, least invasive treatment options. Together we decide on a treatment plan that informs and directs your care.
To learn more about complementary, alternative and integrative medicine click here or here
Do you take insurance?
Yes and no
Use insurance for what it is intended to cover
With the direct primary care model your insurance is used for catastrophic health events, hospitalizations, specialist care, imaging and surgery. You can continue to use your insurance for medications and labs as well. However, we have found discounts on medications, labs, imaging and supplements. We pass our negotiated discounts on to you. We are here to help you manage the health care system so you get the most out of your money and time. Our monthly fee, however, is not a charge you can submit to your insurance carrier. Speak with your tax specialist about submitting the membership to FSA accounts, HSA accounts may have certain limitations .
DO I STILL NEED INSURANCE?
Under the Affordable Care Act, our membership will not count as insurance without additional coverage. It is your choice whether you to have or do not have insurance. We recommend it as emergencies do happen. However, we'll take care of you either way. If you need suggestions for insurance plans that pair well with our membership, call us.
What is NOT covered?
Our doctors do not use narcotics or controlled substances to manage chronic pain or anxiety. Our techniques and specialties can be used as complementary treatments for pain management but any patient requiring routine narcotic medication will need a specialist.
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