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I call this type of medicine direct primary care. I practice medicine in a way that I believe it should be practiced, by having a positive and quality relationship with my patients. We are unencumbered by health insurance since we do not have to bill, file, code or collect.
Unlimited, accessible, highly personalized health care for a low monthly fee
Available evenings/weekends to avoid unnecessary ER visits, urgent care visits, or hospitalizations
Unrushed appointments that start on time, and available same day
Email, phone, and text messaging for simple problems and questions for fewer office visits
A provider who knows your complete health history and who views the relationship as a team
Adequate time to address your concerns and answer all questions
Comprehensive yearly wellness consultation with personalised labs & lifestyle counseling
Free from insurance requirements and limitations
Close monitoring of chronic illnesses together, for peace of mind
Here is a short video explaining how my practice works.
How is your direct primary care practice different than traditional medical practices?
We are Champaign-Urbana’s first affordable direct primary care practice.
How does our realationship work?
Simple! You pay us a membership fee and you can call, text, or see us whenever you need to, without any co-pays, deductibles or facility fees. You can use your health insurance for any labs, testing and medications but just not for your monthly membership. Some medi-share program like Liberty Healthshare may reimburse you for your monthly membership.
What does membership cover?
All school, work, sports, preventative and acute care physicals.
Unlimited office or online appointments.
After-hours availability to avoid urgent care and emergency room fees.
In-office procedures: laceration repair, skin lesion excision, wart removal, nebulizer treatments.
We are your family doctor, pediatrician, and urgent care offices all wrapped in one.
Wholesale costs for labs, medications, and diagnostic imaging studies.
Amoxicillin & Metformin $0
Cholesterol Panel $10
Coronary Calcium Score $100
CT Scans $450
What is not covered?
Hospitalizations or Emergency room visits.
Labs, imaging or testing.
Immunizations or Medications.
How do I pay?
We accept credit/debit card, electronic checks, or automatic bank transfer. Some medi-share programs like Liberty Healthshare may reimburse you for our membership.
Here are some ALTERNATIVES to traditional insurance?
My direct primary care practice is patient focused, not problem focused.
The current system comprised of rushed visits and brief encounters does not allow for the development of the doctor-patient relationship. Time is required to get to know my patients and to understand their symptoms, context, fears, and concerns. This relationship is integral to providing exceptional care for the patient and I will have as much time as we need to address every problem you have every time.
I work for the patient, and only the patient.
The disruption of the doctor-patient relationship by insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid has complicated the practice of medicine. By removing this barrier to personalized care, I am restoring control of your healthcare decisions to you, the patient. We will work together to determine what is best for you.
I can handle simple problems without an office visit.
This probably sounds crazy, but it’s true. Currently, the only way a physician can get paid by insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid is to see patients in the office, which more often than not means a large chunk of your valuable time. Often the problem is simple and could be handled in a few minutes with direct communication. I won’t be forced to see a high number of patients to pay expensive overhead costs, and will therefore be available to answer you directly when you need me, anytime by phone, email, or text.
My practice is limited to a smaller number of patients, allowing me flexibility to be available when you need me.
I have health insurance, why do I need to pay you?
When you are sick, can it take days or weeks to get an appointment?
Do you hate wasting time in the waiting room?
Ever feel rushed during the visit?
Have a question after your visit and feel like it can take forever to get an answer?
With my practice you will never experience any of the above.
I'm fairly healthy and don’t go to the doctor often. How does this benefit me?
We all benefit from services tailored to our needs, and your health care should be no different. I will provide you with the care you need to optimize your health and to reach your wellness goals.
I will be available to answer questions about small things you wouldn’t take half a day off to address at a traditional medical practice.
Let’s be honest, at some point we all get sick or injured and need something quick. When that happens, you will have immediate access to your doctor who knows your personal health history completely and will take your circumstances into account when developing a treatment plan.
I do my best to keep you out of the ER. If I can save you just one visit to the ER or urgent care, my membership will pay for itself for the next 2-3 years.
What happens after hours and on weekends?
Call, email, or text me. I will answer, take care of the problem, and will even meet you at the office if we have to.
Does your practice bill my insurance?
No. I work directly for you, providing exceptional, personal, direct health care without the increasing constraints and limitations of the government or private insurance companies.
As your patient, do I still need health insurance?
I recommend you continue to have health insurance to cover health care costs beyond the services of my practice such as hospitals, radiological imaging, and labs.
The most cost-effective insurance to pair with direct primary care would be a high deductible/HSA plan.
Does your practice accept Medicare/Medicaid patients?
Currently Medicare does not allow my practice to bill medicare patients if there is a chance I will take care of them elsewhere, like at the the ER I work at a couple nights a month. I continue working at the ER to maintain certain skill sets and relationships.
I am uninsured. Can you be my doctor?
Yes. other than Medicare, I accept patients with any insurance status.
Is your practice a concierge model?
Its called Direct Primary Care but if I had to consider it concierge care, I’d call it “concierge care for the common person.” Concierge practices usually charge you a LOT more plus they bill your insurance also.
Is the membership fee tax-deductible?
Everyone's situation is different, that would be an accountant question.
What happens if I need to see a specialist?
We refer you to the specialist of your choice and they will bill your insurance.
What happens if I need to be admitted to the hospital?
The hospital physician team will take over your care while you're admitted, but you and I will continue to stay in touch.