The Forest Direct Primary Care Approach
Forest DPC is like a health club membership, but for healthcare. Your membership gives you unrestricted access to most services for one monthly fee.
Why it makes sense
Traditionally, over 40¢ of every $1 you spend on healthcare goes toward insurance billing and overhead. This means your clinician must work harder and faster, seeing more patients each day just to make ends meet. As a patient, you experience longer wait times, shorter appointments and higher costs. Instead of dealing with costly overhead, we reinvest that 40¢ in our clinic, into electronic medical records and into patient services. You experience shorter wait times, longer appointments and lower costs.
We believe traditional insurance should be there when you need it – for serious illness and expensive, unanticipated events. In fact, insurance can interfere with routine primary and preventive care by reducing access to your doctor, shortening office visits and increasing costs. Although we do not bill insurance companies, we believe you can enhance your healthcare with a combination of direct primary care and a wrap-around insurance plan.
Forest DPC and a high deductible health plan (i.e. bronze) allows you to spend less, but get more. A high deductible insurance plan allows you to maintain affordable insurance coverage for major medical problems while ensuring access to primary care for your routine medical needs. At Forest DPC we handle 90% of your medical problems. We also refer to the same specialists you see now. We prescribe the same medications you are taking now. We order the same radiological procedures. Nothing changes except you get more personal, accessible and comprehensive care!
Effective January 1, 2015, applicable large employers with 50+ full-time equivalent (FTE) employees without minimum essential health care coverage could be assessed a penalty. Offering a Direct Primary Care service with your current benefits plans provides employees quality care while saving you money. It’s time to incorporate Forest DPC in your medical offerings. Forest DPC can take care of 90% of the healthcare services you need.
Take advantage of this opportunity to provide quality care for your employees, which could also help you attract and retain new employees. As a business owner, you’re going to love the results: increased productivity, greater job satisfaction, and higher retention. Meanwhile, your employees will be delighted with our highly personalized service and unbeatable convenience. Members enjoy great access and care, and plans can lower costs while improving member health. No matter the size of your organization, Forest DPC is the right choice for your employees and your bottom line.
Josh Umbehr MD, a friend and mentor of Dr. Douglas Farrago, of the Kansas-based medical practice Atlas MD explains how his practice delivers low-cost family medicine using a direct-pay membership model. Part of Umbehr’s philosophy is that insurance tends to complicate care delivery more than it helps. Under Umbehr’s membership model, patients receive unlimited visits with no co-pays.