It’s not a new idea. We just haven’t seen it in a while. When Ryan, Andy and I sat down to plan Access Med, we embraced one key component of Direct Primary Care (DPC). We don’t have VIPs. Quite simply, every patient receives the same quality, personalized care no matter what. It doesn’t matter if someone carries a private, Cadillac, platinum insurance card or if they don’t have an insurance card at all. DPC is all about offering affordable quality care for everyone. We take a lot of pride in that!
With spring break upon us, we at Access Med have the perfect solution… why not bring your doctor with you? While we probably won’t turn down an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii, you won’t literally need to pack us up and lug us around. We are there for you when you get sick even while traveling. Modern technology affords us the ability to keep in touch even over long distances via cell phone, Facetime, Skype or Messenger. Here are some examples of patients who benefited from their Direct Primary Care (DPC) subscription while traveling: A business man traveling to Las Vegas experienced a sudden onset of severe dizziness and was not able to walk. He became violently sick and feared he was having a stroke. He used Facetime to reach his doctor who was able ask detailed questions and walk the patient thru some maneuvers that confirmed the diagnosis of vertigo. […]
People tell me all the time, “The concept behind Access Med sounds interesting… But I have insurance so it really can’t help me.” I understand the reasoning, but that misconception is far from the truth. To help explain how our direct care model helps even patients with insurance save money, here are five examples of patients who benefited from direct primary care through Access Med: A 50+ year old male experienced sudden onset of severe abdominal pain the night before flying out of the country on business. We met at the office at 10pm, I ruled out appendicitis and diagnosed diverticulitis, then prescribed and dispensed his medications. I was also able to check in with him even while overseas. His visit, meds and follow up cost $86.10 ($75 of that covered a month of care). An ER visit, which was the only other place open at that hour, costs a […]
Access Med is an idea born from failure. Let’s begin with that thought… Practicing medicine used to be about the patient. Now it has become a conglomeration of insurance nightmares, government control, and escalating costs. Fresh out of school I was excited and looked forward to the day when I saved my first life. I quickly learned that it was nothing like I expected. The foundation of practicing medicine should be the provider/patient relationship. Some of you may remember when the doctor would come to your house, spend as much time as you needed, and do what was necessary to treat your ailment. Now you spend all day getting through to your doctor in an attempt schedule an appointment. If you’re lucky you’ll get an appointment in a reasonable amount of time. On appointment day you may get 15 minutes of their time and its not because they only want to spend that […]