Our last post talked about some of the main reasons why people avoid healthcare, and how direct primary care (DPC) addresses those concerns. But DPC provides relief from the broken healthcare system in even more ways.
DPC saves patients time, money, and hassle when they need to use primary care services. It also gives patients better access to high quality, personalized care from a doctor who is available to them 24/7 via phone, text, or video chat. More comprehensive care leads to better outcomes:
- 65% decrease in ER visits
- 35% decrease in hospitalizations
- 95% decrease in hospitalizations due to heart attack and congestive heart failure
- More effective management of chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure
How does this happen?
- By eliminating parties outside the doctor-patient relationship (like insurance companies) doctors can spend less time on paperwork and more time with patients. More time with patients means more time to get to the root of your health issues, rather than just treating the symptoms.
- Developing a comprehensive picture of your overall health allows your doctor to work with you to achieve your health goals, and to make sure everything is working together to get you to your best health.
- Lower patient panels allows your doctor to be more available when you need them -- whether it's for a same-day office visit, or a couple of questions via phone call or text message.
- Your doctor's availability means you don't have to go to urgent care or the ER when you need acute care, or when you need to visit with your doctor after hours or on weekends.
When it comes to your health, there's no comparison -- Direct Primary Care is changing your healthcare for the better!