Direct care is when you pay your doctor directly for your medical care without the “middle man”, health insurance, in the way of offering you the best care you can get.
Here at Apollo Health Clinic, often patients start out in a packaged program and then move into an annual Wellness membership program after they complete their initial program, either the Essentials Program or the Elite Program. We are not practicing primary care, and recommend you have a primary care physician.
Definition: Direct care is direct – it addresses your needs without having insurance get in the way of your healthcare and your health results. Direct care is an alternative payment model of healthcare focusing on the doctor-patient relationship as the focus, not asking for insurance for permission to treat patients via pre-authorizations, and without the impediments of insurance dictating your care. Now you and your doctor dictate your care!
Apollo Health Clinic uses this payment model to offer the best care for the aforementioned conditions for patients, which are more chronic in nature benefit from the care and trust of a healing doctor patient-relationship. With insurance out of the equation and not governing your healthcare, we can now deliver you the absolute best care you desire from a physician.
“Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an innovative alternative payment model for primary care being embraced by patients, physicians, employers, payers and policymakers across the United States. The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care provider.
Empowering this relationship is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs and an enhanced patient experience. DPC fosters this relationship by focusing on five key tenets:
1. Service: The hallmark of DPC is adequate time spent between patient and physician, creating an enduring doctor-patient relationship. Supported by unfettered access to care, DPC enables unhurried interactions and frequent discussions to assess lifestyle choices and treatment decisions aimed at long-term health and wellbeing. DPC practices have extended hours, ready access to urgent care, and patient panel sizes small enough to support this commitment to service.
2. Patient Choice: Patients in DPC choose their own personal physician and are reactive partners in their healthcare. Empowered by accurate information at the point of care, patients are fully involved in making their own medical and financial choices. DPC patients have the right to transparent pricing, access, and availability of all services provided.
3. Elimination of Fee-For-Service: DPC eliminates undesired fee-for-service(FFS) incentives in primary care. These incentives distort healthcare decision-making by rewarding volume over value. This undermines the trust that supports the patient-provider relationship and rewards expensive and inappropriate testing, referral, and treatment. DPC replaces FFS with a simple flat monthly fee that covers comprehensive primary care services. Fees must be adequate to allow for appropriately sized patient panels to support this level of care so that DPC providers can resist the numerous other financial incentives that distortcare decisions and endanger the doctor-patient relationship.
4. Advocacy: DPC providers are committed advocates for patients within the healthcare system. They have time to make informed, appropriate referrals and support patient needs when they are outside of primary care. DPC providers accept the responsibility to be available to patients serving as patient guides. No matter where patients are in the system, physicians provide them with information about the quality, cost, and patient experience of care.
5. Stewardship: DPC providers believe that healthcare must provide more value to the patient and the system. Healthcare can, and must, be higher-performing, more patient-responsive, less invasive, and less expensive than it is today. The ultimate goal is health and wellbeing, not simply the treatment of disease.
“DPC providers are committed to ensuring that American healthcare delivers on these goals.”