As stated by the AAFP, "Direct primary care (DPC) is a subset model of the retainer-based practice framework for primary care practices. There is not a single DPC practice model; rather the model represents a broad array of practice arrangements that share a common set of characteristics. Perhaps the defining characteristic of DPC practices is that they offer patients the full range of comprehensive primary services, including routine care, regular checkups, preventive care, and care coordination in exchange for a flat, recurring retainer fee that is typically billed to patients on a monthly basis. DPC practices are distinguished from other retainer-based care models, such as concierge care, by lower retainer fees, which cover at least a portion of primary care services provided in the DPC practice." Please go to the following website for more info about DPC - https://www.dpcare.org/about1-ccz5
Let me be very clear when I say that if you have your own primary care doctor, and you have a good relationship with him/her, please do not change anything.
If, on the other hand you are like the countless other people who do not have a primary care doctor, or cannot get in to see their PCP when they need them, then you should consider DPC. I like to define DPC as concierge like services at a reasonable rate.
Médico Directo provides a concierge level of service to all its patients regardless of their income and especially regardless if they have insurance or not.
A typical concierge practice in the city of Chicago charges anywhere from $2,000 a year to upwards of $15,000 a year. Médico Directo charges $59 per month for membership. If you come and see the doctor once or 5 times in a month, it will cost $59 per month. Medications and labs and procedures are at a significantly reduced price.
Médico Directo is a new practice and thus is starting with zero members. So yes, you could come to the practice, see the doctor and pay a $65 per visit fee.
As the practice grows, more members will join. Eventually, when the practice reaches full capacity, the practice will be open to members only.
We do not require you to sign any contract or agree to any time commitment.
We do require you to sign a patient agreement form in order to become a member. Memberships are ongoing and must be paid on a monthly basis with a credit card. If you decide to cancel, you will receive a pro-rated refund. In other words, if you cancel after 3 weeks, then you will receive a refund for that one remaining week.
If you decide to pay the entire year at one time ( $59 x 12 months = $708), and you cancel after 6 months, then you will receive half your money back.
There is no bait and switch. You leave when you want to leave. If you cancel your membership, then decide to rejoin at a later time, there will be a re-enrollment fee of $100.
Members of Médico Directo have access to many basic labs (for example CBC, CMP, lipid panel, Strep tests, and urinalysis) for no additional charge. Your membership covers the cost of these labs.
For labs that are not covered, we offer significantly discounted prices compared with non-DPC practices. All you have to do is ask and we will tell you.
Again let me be very clear when I say that DPC is NOT insurance.
On the contrary, having health insurance is recommended by Médico Directo. If you are in an accident or need emergent surgery, your membership in our practice will not cover your hospital or surgical bill.
We do recommend having health insurance in the case of an unexpected event such as an ER visit or hospitalization or surgery.
For more information on how to become a member of our practice, please call (773) 961-7719