Frequently Asked Questions
What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an affordable, insurance-free option for most of your Primary and Acute Care needs. Regardless of insurance status, in the DPC model patients pay a low monthly fee and contract DIRECTLY with their doctor for access. Very much like a gym membership- and just as important for your health! It’s simple and straightforward. There are no middlemen, no hidden fees, and no copays.
Appointments for members are available and unhurried, your doctor really gets to know you, and it’s easy to reach your doctor when you need them via phone or text. Many day-to-day issues can even be handled virtually! All care provided by your DPC doctor is *included* in your monthly membership fee, as are most in-house lab tests and minor procedures.
You’re still able to use your insurance to cover referrals and out-of-office testing, of course. And if you happen to be uninsured, your doctor works hard to find you the most affordable cash-pay options available.
Is DPC for me?
Whether or not you have health insurance, Direct Primary Care (DPC) may be for you! Because DPC is an insurance-free model, we don’t have all the overhead associated with medical coding, filing claims, submitting pre-authorizations, etc. This means that we can offer highly personalized Primary and Acute Care, and spend our time WITH OUR PATIENTS instead of doing paperwork. It’s basically a return to old-timey doctoring, but with modern medicine.
Some of the advantages of DPC include:
-an all-inclusive, low monthly rate ($60-100/mo)
-group discounts for small businesses available
-unlimited office visits
-unlimited acute care
-Primary Care visits are unhurried (30-60min)
-same or next day appointments are typical
-easy access directly to YOUR doctor, even after hours
-optional telehealth visits
-house calls available (at Dr. G’s discretion)
-focus on wellness and prevention
-most in-office testing and minor procedures included
-in-office phlebotomy means usually no need to go to the lab
-up front, transparent pricing, no hidden fees, no copays
-heavily discounted cash pay prices for many common prescriptions and tests
Sounds a lot like how medicine is *supposed* to be, doesn’t it???
Is DPC the same as concierge care?
Direct Primary Care (DPC) isn’t concierge medicine, but it often feels like it! The two models do have some things in common- like you can usually communicate with your doctor via phone/email/text in both models, both models are membership-based, and both models allow doctors to see fewer patients and spend more time with each of them. But, DPC is generally a more affordable, low overhead/low volume model, whereas concierge medicine tends to be high overhead/low volume. I like to think of DPC as "blue collar concierge" or "concierge lite."
Many (not all) concierge practices also still bill a patient's insurance in addition to charging a membership fee. That’s okay. That’s what makes their model work for them. The "direct" in DPC means we don't do that though. It's precisely by cutting out all that overhead associated with billing insurance (coding, claims filing, pre-authorizations, etc.) that we’re able to make our model work for us. Furthermore, while many (not all) concierge practices are affiliated with large parent corporations, most DPC practices are truly independent, local, small businesses.
How much does it cost to join a DPC practice?
A basic tenet of DIrect Primary Care is upfront, transparent pricing. We believe that quality care shouldn’t have to break the bank. At ColGACare, our rates are published right on our website: Pricing
The membership rate includes unlimited office visits including acute care, all in-house phlebotomy and minor procedures, free telehealth, optional house calls, and expanded access to Dr. G. Members also benefit from heavily discounted rates on many lab tests, medications, and ancillary studies, as well as discounted acute care services for the children of our members.
There are no co-pays, and no hidden fees. Any extra testing recommended will be discussed with you in advance including its cost.