Direct Primary Care FAQ
Tailored MD is making primary care more accessible to people in San Antonio. Unlike primary care that you might have accessed through a hospital or large health network, we make things simple. For a monthly fee, you get access to a cliniciandoctor you know and trust. You’ll be able to take the time you need during appointments without feeling rushed. That’s direct primary care.
It’s an excellent model, and we hope you’ll try us out. If you’re ready to try direct primary care right here in San Antonio, click here.
Otherwise, read on for our answers to frequently asked questions about direct primary care.
- FAQ: What are the benefits of Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care is a healthcare model where patients pay a membership fee directly to their primary care provider, typically on a monthly or annual basis. This membership fee covers a wide range of primary care services and benefits, including the following:
- Unrestricted access to your healthcare provider
- Comprehensive care
- No surprise bills
- Customizable options such as in-home care and suboxone treatment
- FAQ: How does DPC differ from traditional primary care?
Unlike traditional primary care, which often involves insurance-based reimbursement, DPC eliminates the involvement of insurance companies. This means that patients have a direct relationship with their primary care provider, allowing for more personalized and cost-effective care.
- FAQ: What services are included in DPC?
DPC covers a broad spectrum of primary care services, including preventive care, routine check-ups, chronic disease management, urgent care, minor procedures, and more. The specifics may vary depending on the DPC practice, but the focus is always on providing comprehensive and accessible care.
- FAQ: Do I still need health insurance with DPC?
While DPC provides primary care services, it does not cover specialty care, hospitalizations, or major medical expenses. Therefore, it is recommended to have health insurance coverage to address those needs. However, DPC can significantly reduce healthcare costs by eliminating or reducing co-payments, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket expenses associated with primary care.
- FAQ: Is DPC suitable for individuals with pre-existing conditions?
Yes, DPC is suitable for individuals with pre-existing conditions. In fact, many people with chronic diseases find DPC particularly beneficial due to the personalized care, extended appointment times, and ongoing support provided by their primary care providers. You can always visit specialists in addition to the Tailored MD team (although outside specialists are not covered by your membership).
- FAQ: Can I use my health savings account (HSA) with DPC?
Yes, in most cases, you can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for your DPC membership fees. This allows you to use pre-tax dollars to cover your primary care expenses, further increasing the cost-effectiveness of DPC. Contact your HSA provider to confirm.
- FAQ: How do I find a DPC practice near me?
To find a DPC practice near you, you can start by researching online directories specifically dedicated to DPC providers. Additionally, you can reach out to local primary care providers to inquire if they offer DPC services or can recommend a DPC practice in your area.
- FAQ: Is DPC only for individuals, or can families also benefit?
DPC is great for individuals of all ages, including families. Many DPC practices offer membership plans that cover the primary care needs of the entire family, making it a cost-effective option for families seeking comprehensive healthcare services.
- FAQ: How does DPC handle after-hours or emergency care?
Tailored MD offers robust telemedicine services so that you can reach us directly via phone, email, or secure messaging systems. However, we are not an emergency room. If you have a serious medical emergency, dial 911 and get immediate medical help.
- FAQ: Can I switch from a traditional primary care provider to DPC?
Absolutely. Switching from a traditional primary care provider to DPC is an option. Many individuals and families have made the transition to DPC and have found it to be a rewarding experience, thanks to the enhanced accessibility, personalized care, and stronger patient-provider relationship offered by DPC.
Have More Questions about Direct Primary Care? Give Us a Call
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an innovative and patient-centered approach to healthcare that offers individuals and families a direct and affordable alternative to traditional primary care models. With its emphasis on accessibility, comprehensive care, and strong patient-provider relationships, DPC has gained traction as a viable option for those seeking a more personalized and cost-effective healthcare experience.
We hope our Direct Primary Care FAQ was helpful for you. By understanding the ins and outs of DPC and asking the right questions, you can make informed decisions about your primary care needs and discover an affordable and convenient primary care option.
Call Tailored MD today to sign up or get more information at (210) 985-7093.