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DPC Journal SPOTLIGHT: Bothell clinic becomes area’s first naturopathic direct care clinic

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Thu Aug 31st, 2017 8:00am

In the midst of the current environment of steadily increasing insurance premiums and deductibles, short visits, and long wait times for visits, Northshore Family Practice in Bothell is now providing Direct Primary Care (DPC). DPC is a movement happening across the country led by both physicians and patients alike. Together, physicians and patients are removing the middle-man (insurance companies) in the primary care doctor-patient relationship. This is leading to decreased costs and increased access. In Northshore Family Practice’s model, individuals and families pay a fixed monthly fee to be a member of the clinic on an ongoing basis. In return, all visits are included at no additional charge. This is different than concierge which often has higher fees and the doctor still bills patient’s insurance. With Direct Care, there are no co-pays or deductibles and there is no third party billing. Simple in-office procedures are also included at no extra charge. There is a physician on-call 24/7, electronic visits are available for convenience, and members receive a discount on the clinic medicinary (supplements, injectible medications, etc.)





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