All You Need to Know About a Popular New Type of Healthcare

4.1.1Many people have argued and said that health care in the United States is broken. Whether you agree or disagree with that statement, it’s clear that there are improvements that can be made. Whether or not those improvements will be made is the question. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that can’t simply wait around for those improvements to happen.


For those that can’t wait around for the broken aspects of health care to become fixed, there is an option that’s gaining in popularity and becoming an alternative to the traditional health care model. This alternative is often referred to as direct primary care, and if you aren’t familiar with what it is, this article will help explain it.


Understanding the Basics

Direct primary care, often referred to as concierge health care, works very differently than traditional health care does. In the concierge health care model, doctors are able to take on a very limited number of patients, so health care becomes more personal. Instead of having to wait in a waiting room for 45 minutes to see your doctor for 5 minutes, you won’t wait at all and you’ll have enough time with your doctor to go over everything you want to.


Direct primary care doctors typically leave their practices in order to take on a limited number of patients, and then bill those patients directly in the form of an annual fee. This makes direct primary care more expensive than the traditional health care model, but for those that are proactive about their health it’s definitely worth it.


It’s not unusual for a doctor to have 100 patients in a direct primary care model, as opposed to the three or four thousand that he or she might have in the traditional health care model. That means you’ll be able to see your doctor when you want, and not have to wait many weeks for an appointment.


Is it Right for You?

Switching health care providers can be a headache, but in the long run it’s a good decision. Deciding whether or not you need a concierge type of health care is definitely a big decision, and one that you should not make without serious considerations. If your current health care provider gives you headaches so bad that you have to seek treatment for them, looking into concierge medicine might be something to seriously consider.


Most concierge medicine plans don’t deal with any sort of insurance, which means the chain of command is much smaller and you won’t have to deal with a ton of people in order to see your doctor. For those that are dealing with a health issue and a busy life, the fact that concierge medicine takes out so much of the hassle of health care is an appealing one.

Author Ted Levin is a freelance writer and editor currently considering a new health care plan. You can connect with Ted on Google+ and Twitter.


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