Appointment times are between 30 and 90 minutes depending on need and appointment type. You can come in as often as you feel you need to. Typically, appointments can be next-day or even same-day and there is minimal waiting. There are no co-pays and no charge for procedures done in the office. It takes time to listen to people. It takes time to consider all the options. It takes time to get to know people and their strengths and weaknesses.
Most patients say they would like to be able to have more time with their physicians. Most patients in a traditional, fee-for-service practice do not feel heard, which is not surprising since a standard provider has a panel of 3,000 to 4,000 patients. By contrast, patients in Direct Primary Care practice love the time they get and feel heard. This is because the average DPC provider has a much smaller panel of around 600 patients. As a direct primary care physician, I'll be working for you instead of your insurance company. Not only can I actually see you when you need to be seen, I will save you time and money by passing along special pricing and in-clinic dispensing of certain prescriptions (no waiting at the pharmacy!) and special pricing on lab work and radiology tests. All of this is possible by not participating in insurance.
Statistically patients in a Direct Primary Care practice take 50% less medication. This could be because the type of person who is attracted to this practice model is motivated to make changes in their life. I believe it is also because the physicians who practice in this model have time to actually partner with, empower and coach their clients-patients. They have time to review literature more frequently and apply their skills and experience to answering the questions at hand. They even have time to talk to other providers.
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Reinvent Your Health - 17331 East US 40 Hwy, Suite 101, Independence, MO 64055
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 9-5 Thursday - By Appointment