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Direct Primary Care: A Logical Alternative for Doctors and Patients
I am a huge proponent of the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model. In fact, I have dedicated much of my time to helping physicians start their own DPC practices. Why? Because Direct Primary Care works and here are three reasons:
Patient Care is the first priority. Direct Primary Care is all about patient satisfaction. Physicians get to know their patients – not just their illnesses.
DPC doctors are patient advocates. Within the DPC model, the red tape is eliminated, and the patient has increased access to the doctor. Patient visits often last much longer than in a traditional model (usually 30 to 60 minutes). A DPC physician often sets up appointments with preferred specialists and may even accompany the patient on these visits.
DPC doctors have better work/life balance. DPC doctors make their own hours and see a limited number of patients, so they often experience less burnout and more intrinsic satisfaction.
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is not for everyone. There are certainly challenges with this model, however, in my experience the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Patients are more satisfied with the patient-physician relationship in a DPC setting, and to me, that’s more important than anything else.
Adversaries to DPC feel that it takes primary care doctors out of circulation for the general public. However, proponents believe that it keeps physicians practicing longer and practicing medicine more thoroughly.
DPC doctors don’t just deliver health care – they are able to truly get to know their patients (as well as their patients’ families and lifestyles), which often leads to better clinical outcomes.
If you are interested in setting up your own DPC or concierge medical practice, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions. [email protected]