What We Believe:
Primary care should be the heart of your health care.
Primary care should allow you to access your doctor easily.
Costs should be reasonable, transparent, and free of third-party interests.
You will maintain or improve your health when you know how and why.
Making health care safer, cheaper and healthier requires relationship.
Trusting relationships heal.
Direct Primary Care (DPC) makes Unorthodoc possible.
When insurance is involved in primary care, doctors are often forced to jump through administrative hoops before giving a diagnosis or ordering a lab. This creates barriers, high costs and frustration for not only patients, but also for doctors whose hands are tied by the mandates of impersonal decision makers. This is not good medicine.
Direct Primary Care (DPC), on the other hand, is a simple, personal, affordable approach to health care which is gaining momentum across the country. DPC gives primary care its power back by giving you a true medical home with a doctor you trust and can really access when needed. If you like the idea of non-rushed appointments, same or next day appointments and seeing your personal doctor consistently, DPC is your answer.
DPC will not only make you happier and healthier. It will also make your doctor happier and will allow them to practice the kind of medicine they imagined when they applied to medical school. Instead of being rushed, distracted and burnt-out as is too often the case in the high volume insurance based model, DPC permits doctors to take more time with individual patients and manage less total patients. This is possible because your monthly membership fee is paid directly to your doctor. In DPC there are no middle men (insurance companies, corporate administrators, etc) trying to profit off of your healthcare.
In many ways, The DPC model is similar to Community Supported Agriculture, where a person purchases a membership in a small farm and then gets fresh locally-grown produce through the year. The farmers make a living doing what they love and the members get fresher, more nourishing food from local land. You pay the doctor you know and appreciate directly for their services and they care for you without the interference of large systems of care.
Going DPC doesn't mean you give up insurance. In fact, we strongly encourage you to maintain insurance for emergencies such as accidents and serious, life-threatening illnesses. Instead, DPC exists along side of your current insurance. It gives you the flexibility to choose your insurance plan knowing that while you’ll have coverage for those unpredictable, catastrophic, more expensive medical events, all of your primary health and urgent illness needs will be taken care of by one dedicated doctor who is interested in investing in you.