What is Direct Primary Care?

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an alternative model of primary care. DPC prioritizes the patient-doctor relationship, minimizing the influence of third parties, such as insurance companies, large healthcare organizations, and the government, in the patient's health care decisions. DPC practices offer a full range of primary care services for a monthly or annual retainer fee paid directly to the practice, freeing more time and resources for patient care.

How does Direct Primary Care differ from a traditional practice?

In a traditional practice, doctors are paid based on a 'fee-for-service', third-party-payer billing system, which incentivises quantity over quality of patient care. Direct Primary Care benefits both physicians and patients, laying the way to a personal patient-doctor relationship. It rewards physicians for caring for the whole person. It reduces patient volume drastically from 2500-3000 patients in a traditional practice to 600-800 patients. In this manner, the patient can have thorough doctor visits, scheduling flexibility, and afterhours access to their doctor. These are some of the benefits of a DPC practice.

What is the role of insurance in Direct Primary Care? Do you accept insurance?

Insurance plays no role in a Direct Primary Care practice.Therefore, you do not need insurance to enroll with 3D Medical and 3D Medical will not accept insurance. The monthly, or annual retainer fee that 3D Medical charges will cover primary care services including clinical, laboratory, and consultative services, and care cordination and comprehensive care management. We suggest that you acquire a high deductible wraparound health insurance policy to cover those situations for which insurance was intended: emergencies and hospitalization; adittionally, health care needs outside of what we offer, like specialist visits, medication, lab work, and radiology services. We will happily help you customize an insurance policy that works best in conjuction with DPC. (Medicare enrollees, please read the next question)

What if I have Medicare?

3D Medical has set up concierge services for Medicare patients. 3D Medical will charge a flat monthly, or annual fee for services not covered under Medicare Part B. 3D Medical will arrange to seek reimbursement for services covered under Medicare Part B.

What is included with membership?

Up to 12 office visits per year (no co-pay required!) Annual physical exam, wellness and sick visits, routine screenings, and chronic disease management Electronic communication and virtual visits Assistance with referrals and off-site testing Coordination of care with specialists Monitoring of hospital care and coordination of follow-up care

I still have questions about joining 3D Medical. Can we talk?

Absolutely. We offer an obligation-free non-clinical consultation with one of our physicians to answer questions and see if 3D Medical can be a good fit for your health care.

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Does DPC benefit employers?

DPC may benefit employers in several significant ways. Cuts in health costs for employees, gains in productivity, and talent retention are few of these advantages.

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