This morning I enrolled my 500th patient to the Direct Primary Care program. I’m thrilled to have crossed this milestone. It has been a rich blessing to meet new patients every week who participate with us in a vision for better healthcare. I’ve met and cared for patients from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, and from all demographics.
My youngest patients and their parents share with me that DPC offers easier access for those sudden illness like fevers and strep throat both in appointment scheduling and communication with me. Even today I’ve been able to address several issues with young mothers about their children which kept them from coming in for an office visit. When we can appropriately deal with the concern remotely there is no need for them to pile everyone into the minivan and drive down to the office. I can communicate and care for my patients in ways that simplify their busy lives.
The young adult and middle age group see DPC as a way to address their growing list of minor (and not so minor) health issues. So often they only need someone to counsel them on making good health decisions as they plan for their family’s future. An unusual chest pain or new onset heartburn often enough is harmless but, occasionally, concern sets in and they need someone to evaluate their symptom with an eye for resolution. Spending time addressing issues of nutrition, exercise, and sleep management yields large dividends for adults interested in choosing a future full of health and vitality. With many of our labs included in membership and the time to review them with each patient in person, I get to teach them how to manage their own health without the need of many ‘experts’ in their life and at a fraction of the cost.
Today’s 500th patient is now my 5th oldest patient. My elderly patients express to me that they value having someone with whom to sit and spend adequate time on their complex issues of multiple concerns, multiple medications, and multiple specialists. Modern insurance based care often runs too short on time for patients more deliberate in their movements and conversation. The extra time and energy to go the extra mile for these patients is so satisfying. Medical training teaches us what the right answer is but DPC let’s me provide the right answer for my patient in the right way.
If you’ve been following along with our progress over these last 2.5 years but haven’t jumped on board yet, now is the time to join. Come be part of a better healthcare world. DPC is a model where patients are the focus again. Call today at 244-1800 or sign up at trinitydpc.com. Feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. We’re always happy to help. We are healthcare without hassles, built for you.