Direct Primary Care business model is focused on the doctor-patient relationship, putting the patient first. This style of practice has gained momentum as a more affordable option for primary care while also providing a higher level of care. The DPC clinic charges patients an affordable monthly membership fee. They do not deal with insurance companies, making it available and affordable for everyone. The monthly membership fee (similar to a gym membership) allows patients to receive affordable care and provides unprecedented access to a physician. The membership model is a predictable income stream for the physician.
Direct Primary Care clinics have been compared to boutique or concierge practices because they both charge a membership fee. However, there are important differences. Boutique and concierge practices appeal to wealthy and VIP clients and choose to charge significant convenience fees, while still billing insurance for care provided in most cases.
DPC is about making care affordable and accessible for more people, without charging insurance companies. DPC clinics charge modestly priced monthly fees and cover a relatively small number of patients, roughly 400-800 as compared to the 2,500-3,500 primary care physician maintains. This allows for more flexible and personalized care. When paired with a health savings account (HSA) or a high-deductible catastrophic insurance plan to pay for hospitalizations and emergencies, membership at Leeton Medical will be similar in cost or cheaper than most medical coverage, with the added advantage of excellent, personalized, and easily accessible primary care.