Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an exciting and new way to provide primary care that has been growing in popularity over the past few years. The three main factors that have contributed to this rise in popularity are the improved ability to provide medical care, the strengthened relationships with patients, and the reduced administrative work that has made it possible for doctors to have a better work-life balance.
1. Improvements in Medical Care Delivery
In the past half-century, the primary care physician’s role has shifted from being the first point of contact for most patients to merely serving as the doorway to the healthcare system. Current healthcare systems force primary care doctors to see as many patients as possible, but they often have to refer patients to specialists, which increases the amount of time spent on administrative tasks like filling out insurance forms.
Some primary care doctors have turned to direct primary care as a way to give better care to their patients because they are tired of the administrative work and lack of freedom in large health systems. Independent direct primary care practices allow primary care physicians to see fewer patients per day, allowing them to spend more time with each person they treat and provide more comprehensive care.
2. Better Patient Relationships:
Direct primary care physicians are able to spend significantly more time with their patients as a result of the fact that they see fewer patients overall. This gives them the opportunity to develop individualized relationships with each of their patients. In the direct primary care model, the average length of a patient visit is 45 minutes, in contrast to the standard health system primary care model, in which visits last between 5 and 10 minutes on average. The doctor can learn more about the patient’s life, family, and other factors that can affect health because of the additional time spent with the patient, in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the patient’s medical issues.
3. Improved Work-life Balance:
Direct primary care physicians can eliminate most of their administrative duties, cutting down on time spent on paperwork from several hours per night to virtually none. Because of this model, they are able to spend more time with their patients and have more time to devote to enjoying the other aspects of their lives. These physicians are able to completely free themselves from the burden of administrative work by shifting their focus to direct primary care.
By cutting out virtually all administrative costs associated with insurance, QLMD Direct Primary Care is able to provide patients with most of their primary care services for a flat monthly fee. To see pricing for non-members, please visit https://qlmddpc.com/qlmd-services-page/. Feel free to contact us at +1 346-382-0666 for further queries.