What is Direct Primary Care?




The Direct Primary Care (DPC) model is a practice model where patients have direct access to their physician for primary care services. With DPC a patient pays a subscription fee in exchange for access to a broad range of primary care and medical administrative services. The DPC practice framework serves to replace the traditional system of third-party insurance coverage utilized for primary care services.  With direct primary care a patient has access and input from their physician rapidly after contacting them. DPC physicians' patient panel sizes are significantly smaller than what a doctor is required to have in a corporate run primary care setting.  Direct Primary Care practices often consist of just the physician and a medical assistant, and do not include all of the cumbersome administrative layers that the traditional systems maintain.  Therefore, visits can be scheduled significantly sooner and for a much longer duration than the timeframe in which a patient would wait to be seen in the traditional healthcare setting.

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