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Direct primary care?

Jan 17, 2018 11:57 AM

Hey every one. I have to look for a new primary care dr because mine isn't covered under my new insurance. I was wondering if anyone has tried direct primary care or if you think it's worth while. You pay a monthly membership fee but it says that that covers everything a primary care physician would do and you won't have co-pays or get a bill from insurance. They also have a nutritionalist included. I'm just worried it will end up costing me more because I normally don't go to my primary dr, it's normally just specialists.

Jan 17, 2018 9:36 PM

This is the first I've heard of an option like that. Interesting concept. I guess it would depend on the cost of the membership fee if it's worth it.

Jan 17, 2018 10:52 PM

one that I'm looking at is $39 a month and the other is $79 a month. They both have free meet and greets so I'm gonna check them both out but I'm hopeing I'll like the $39 cause it's cheaper

Jan 17, 2018 11:18 PM

Does this plan not cover specialists? What about lab work an things like that?

Jan 21, 2018 6:05 PM

It does not cover specialists or lab work. But my insurance still could. I think I'm done with lab work at the moment because they finally figured out what it was. And my Rhumatologist doesn't help at all she just sees me every couple months, asks how I'm doing, recommends pills and that's it. I won't take pills for now. I'm waiting until it is absolutely unbearable/ I'm older. Just the fact that they have a nutritionist that is included in the membership fee and I can see as often as I like is almost making it seem worth it. I just wanted to see if anyone else on here has done it and if it skrewed them over in any way

Jan 24, 2018 9:15 PM

I haven’t heard of it. I use a concierge doctor. It costs an extra $130 a month but I was able to get a cheaper plan with a high deductible which saved me $300 a month in premiums. Because I don’t have to go in nearly as often with a concierge doctor my monthly out of pocket expenses dropped making the $130 not so bad. I used to go to the doctor every month and still not cover all my symptoms. Now I go in maybe 3 times a year. I’ve also been spared a visit or 2 to the ER on weekends because of him. So the money is worth it to me.

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