Direct Primary Care 101

The Washington State legislature describes direct primary care practices as “a means of encouraging innovative arrangements between patients and providers and to help provide all citizens with a medical home”. In a direct health care practice, a health care provider charges a patient a set monthly fee for all primary care services provided in the office. No insurance plan is involved, although patients may have separate insurance coverage for more costly medical services.

Primary care services are defined as routine health care services, including screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for the purpose of promotion of health, and detection and management of disease or injury.

In other words, a direct primary care practice:

* Charges patients monthly fees for providing primary care services.
* Offers only primary care services.
* Enters into a written agreement with patients describing the services and fees.
* Does not bill insurance to pay for any of the patient’s primary care services.

A membership plan at a direct care practice is not an insurance coverage; it does not eliminate the need to carry an insurance plan. However, it gives you the benefit of having a medical home. You no longer dread going to the doctor because of the prohibitive cost.

If you have a high deductible plan, you will save money by joining a direct primary care practice.  An average membership costs $75 a month. For $900 a year, you will have access to a primary care doctor who will answer to your primary care needs.

Direct primary care doctors typically have a small panel of patients, five to six hundred, and spend 30 to 60 minutes with you during your medical visits.  They are available by text, email, or by phone when you need them.

In Massachusetts over the past year, several women physicians have opened or joined direct primary care practices, Marie Andrine Constant in Salem, Linnea Meyer in Boston, Carmela Mancini in Marblehead, and Wendy Cohen in Mansfield.

A membership plan at a direct care practice is not an insurance coverage; it does not eliminate the need to carry an insurance plan. However, it gives you the benefit of having a medical home. You no longer dread going to the doctor because of the prohibitive cost.

If you have a high deductible plan, you will save money by joining a direct primary care practice.  An average membership costs $75 a month. For $900 a year, you will have access to a primary care doctor who will answer to your primary care needs.

Direct primary care doctors typically have a small panel of patients, five to six hundred, and spend 30 to 60 minutes with you during your medical visits.  They are available by text, email, or by phone when you need them.

In Massachusetts over the past year, several women physicians have opened or joined direct primary care practices, Marie Andrine Constant in Salem, Linnea Meyer in Boston, Carmela Mancini in Marblehead, and Wendy Cohen in Mansfield.