Direct care and concierge medicine are both healthcare models that aim to provide enhanced care and accessibility. However, their structures and approaches have some significant differences.
Pure Family Medicine is a direct care practice - this is a model where patients pay their doctors directly each month. This monthly fee covers a range of primary care services, like office visits, preventive care, and consultation time, irrespective of the number of visits. It's like a subscription-based model for healthcare. Our practice doesn't directly accept insurance, we focus on a direct financial relationship with patients which lowers overall healthcare costs.
On the other hand, concierge medicine involves a retainer in addition to the insurance co-pays and deductibles for actual medical services rendered. Both direct care and concierge medicine provide enhanced accessibility to physicians, same or next-day appointments, and more time spent per visit. But, because of the relationship with insurance companies, concierge doctors are typically more expensive, and your care is influenced by insurance approval or denial.