Open enrollment is almost here and many Houstonians are looking for an affordable plan for healthcare in the upcoming year. One option that many individuals are not aware of is direct primary care (DPC).
DPC is a growing model of primary care (and even specialty care) in which patients contract directly with their physician. By cutting out middlemen from insurance companies, patients are able to save thousands while having even better access to care than they would have through an insurance-based practice. Direct primary care gives you affordable, direct access to your personal physician to help keep you healthy and avoid costly urgent care and emergency room visits. Many practices also offer discounted lab work, imaging services, and assistance with finding affordable prescriptions. Combining a DPC membership with wraparound catastrophic coverage that is more affordable than traditional insurance plans means you have access to great care for less, but are still covered in the case of an emergency. DPC practices can help connect patients to these wraparound coverage options.
To help in your search, local direct primary care physicians have launched a new website, www.directcarehtx.com. Here, you can find a primary care physician or specialist near you who is committed to caring for you, not an insurance company. Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our member physicians to learn how we can help!