It’s 9:45 at night and your loved one just stepped on a chunk of broken glass. From the looks of it, you are in for an all-nighter at the ER. That is, of course, unless you can call your doctor and have her put in some stitches right now. Then you could still manage to get some sleep tonight. Wouldn’t that be nice?

If your “too good to be true” radar is going off, then you are in for a pleasant surprise.

How is it possible to call your doctor and have her meet you at the office at 10pm? It’s called Direct Primary Care. Yes, it exists, and no, you won’t need a second mortgage to afford it.

DPC is a different kind of healthcare model. You pay your primary care doctor directly instead of through an insurance company. It’s like your cell phone bill. You pay a monthly amount ($40 or $65) and that includes lab fees, a yearly physical, and other routine services. This makes the cost substantially lower for most people because you are not paying an insurance company’s premiums for your primary care. It also means a considerably higher standard of care, since your doctor is able to take more time to get to know you.

Now, you cannot get away from the insurance company completely. DPC is not a replacement for catastrophic care. Instead, you will no longer need to have primary care coverage, which is a large part of your monthly costs for insurance.

The aim of DPC is to get you and your family better healthcare and save you time.

DPC Membership Benefits:

  • 24/7 access directly to your doctor
  • Office visits as needed ($20/$10 charge per visit depending on membership choice)
  • More time with your doctor when you need it (30 mins or more is not uncommon)
  • Less time in the waiting room
  • Personalized care (Your doctor has the time to get to know you better)
  • Lab fees included in membership (See Office for Complete List)
  • Hassle-Free care (Don’t involve an insurance company in your Primary Care)

So, back to that piece of glass. It’s 11:30 at night and your loved one is settling into bed. Looks like you will have time to sleep tonight. Nothing beats a good night’s sleep.