In a direct primary care practice, most doctors limit their patient panel to 400-600 patients. With fewer patients to care for, the doctor can devote enough time to each and every one of them. Visit length depends on the needs of the patient, and is typically scheduled for no shorter than 30 minutes. Annual physicals are 60 minutes. A patient can request even more time if they feel they need it.
While not considered "concierge medicine", the perks are generally the same. Patients get amazing access to their personal doctor. In addition to face-to-face visits, the patient and doctor can communicate via phone, text, email, or video conferencing. The doctor will see you the same day or next business day in most cases.
Costs are actually lower than a patient would expect. Insurance is not billed, so you won’t get any surprise bills in the mail. Labs are drawn in the office and are much, much less expensive. Of course, we can always get labs and imaging done through insurance as well if the patient desires. Not every problem requires an actual in the office visit either. Sometimes we can tackle a problem other ways so you don’t have to miss more work or leave your house. Home visits are an option too!