Direct primary care (DPC) is a new idea to improve our broken medical system. It is where you pay a monthly fee for primary care services, directly to your primary care physician. This allows you and the physician to have a direct relationship, without the insurance company being the middleman and interfering with care. Instead of dealing with paperwork, I get to spend more time with you, and you have better access to me for any medical needs.
I can access discounted labs and imaging for those without insurance altogether (or even people with insurance - many times it is cheaper). However, DPC is not medical insurance, nor is it a replacement for insurance coverage for catastrophic issues (such as emergency surgeries, etc.).
Most primary care doctors have a patient panel of 2000-3000 patients. It is very common for a patient to not be able to see their physician for acute issues for weeks to months. With DPC, I have much lower overhead, and need far fewer patients to maintain the practice. What that means for the patient is that you can usually be seen the same or next day. All visits are included in the monthly fee, so if you are critically ill, you can see me on a weekly basis if needed, without incurring any extra costs.
DPC allows me to work for you, and not the insurance companies that have caused our system to become broken.