Learn about direct primary care (DPC), how it can benefit you and your patients, and what resources can help you start or optimize your own DPC practice.
The direct primary care model gives family physicians a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee. This fee covers all or most primary care services, including clinical and laboratory services, consultative services, care coordination, and comprehensive care management.
Because some services are not covered by a retainer, DPC practices often suggest that patients acquire a high-deductible wraparound policy to cover emergencies.
Direct primary care is different than concierge care: it typically offers low monthly fees, does not participate in any payer programs, and applies the patient's membership fees to a broader range of services.
See how DPC physicians described their practices. Download the 2022 direct primary care data brief for more details.
Average DPC practice patient panel size is 413 patients
Most popular procedures are EKG and biopsy/excisions
99% of practices provide same day appointments
Monthly membership fees range from $50 to $100
DPC benefits patients by providing substantial savings and a greater degree of access to, and time with, physicians.
DPC allows family physicians to care for the whole person while reducing the overhead and negative incentives associated with fee-for-service third-party-payer billing. Benefits of DPC to physicians include: