Practices that offer unlimited doctor access for a low fee are popping up around the U.S. Here’s what you should know.
Imagine being able to reach a primary care doctor any time you want. Someone who knows your entire medical history; answers your emails, texts, and phone calls 24/7; and gives you same-day appointments when you’re sick. And all for a flat fee of about $80 per month. If that sounds good to you, you may be tempted to sign up for this form of personalized medical care, known as direct primary care (DPC), which is being offered by a growing number of doctors. But don’t rush in without doing some research—DPC is not right for everyone. The biggest limitation of DPC is that it’s not insurance or a replacement for it. This type of care, which is also called retainer medicine or concierge care, works best as an add-on to your existing health plan. You pay a flat monthly or annual fee—no add-on charges—in exchange for the promise of nearly unfettered access to a primary care physician you choose, not one dictated by your insurance network. You also would have to switch from your current doctor to one in the DPC practice.
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