What is Direct Primary Care (DPC)?

Direct Primary Care (DPC) provides a solution to problems plaguing our current health care delivery system: rushed office visits, fragmented care , difficult access to a physician, and long wait times for an appointment. The “Direct” in Direct Primary Care refers to the relationship between a patient and his or her physician. Instead of relying on payments from insurance companies the doctor receives payment directly from her patients, through a monthly subscription fee. The simplicity of this relationship allows for easy access, personalized care and a true collaboration between patient and physician.  Since the physician no longer needs to pay additional staff to collect payment from the insurers, report data, and chase down collections, the cost of providing exceptional medical care decreases dramatically. Most DPC doctors limit their patient panels to guarantee full, convenient access for their established patients.

FAQ about DPC through Ivy Family Medicine, PLC

What is included in the monthly fee?

What is not included in the monthly fee?

How will I, or my child, get vaccinated?

Do I still need insurance if I sign up with you?

How will I pay for things that aren’t covered by the monthly fee like specialist visits, high cost procedures, imaging studies and hospitalizations?

If I haven’t met my insurance deductible, will I have to pay full price for labs and X-rays?

Can I still see my specialists?

I have Medicare. Can you still be my provider?