What is Direct Primary Care?
For patients, it’s about access to your doctor. For your doctor, it’s about maximizing time spent with you. Direct Primary Care is a practice model that accomplishes both. If you haven’t noticed, it’s next to impossible to see your doctor in under two weeks (sometimes longer). So instead you go to an urgent care with a provider who you’re unfamiliar with, and you pay $50-$100 to see them for 15 minutes. For the same amount, in a Direct Primary Care clinic you can see your doctor as much as you want, get an appointment often the same day or next day, and have 24/7 access to your doctor for emergencies. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which option is the better value.
How does it work?
At the Drop-In Doc, we like to keep things simple. Just like your gym membership, you pay a monthly membership fee. This monthly membership fee includes unlimited visits, covers all routine medical care and treatment done in the office, and includes discounted prices for regenerative medicine, aesthetic medicine, and other elective treatments offered. Adult membership rates are $75/month and kids under 18yrs are $20/month. Our family of 4 rate is $150/month (first two kids are free!), and each additional kid is only $20/month. You’re not locked into any contracts or pay any registration fees. You can leave at any time without a penalty, but trust us, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Do I have to be a gym member to join?
Not at all, The Drop-In Doc is available to anyone dedicated to seeking healthy lifestyle changes. So if you’re a member of a gym, you’re not required to join our clinic. And if you’re a member of the clinic, you don’t have to join a gym. However, the structure of The Drop-In Doc is designed to work best in tandem with members of the fitness community. Being housed within one of these fitness communities allows you to see the dynamic relationship for yourself, and we’ll help you find the best community for your needs.
Is my Drop-In Doc membership included in my gym membership?
Not at this time, however Dr. Schulte is pursuing avenues to one day develop an integrated fee structure. For now, you pay a separate membership fee to your gym and the clinic.
I have an awesome insurance plan. Why should I pay to join your clinic?
Insurance was never meant to pay for routine healthcare services. In the short time since the third-party payer system was introduced, it has successfully impaired the physician’s ability to practice medicine. Long wait times to see your doctor, rushed office visits, waiting for insurance to approve a medication or test… this is why healthcare in America is failing. If you like the care that you’re getting and don’t mind the status quo, then by all means stick with it. But if you want a healthcare experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen, we’ll be waiting for your phone call.