Dr. Chan receives many requests from patients to become their primary care physician, meaning she manages all their health problems. With her extensive training as a family physician, she is well-equipped for managing all of your chronic and acute health care needs. In order to better serve her patients wanting primary care services, she offers direct primary care. If you do not want Dr. Chan as your primary care physician, that is fine but she asks that you do keep a PCP to be available to you for acute needs and health maintenance items. Other providers enjoy working with Dr. Chan since she communicates well and practices evidence-based medicine.
If you do want Dr. Chan as your primary care provider, signing up for our Direct Primary Care Program will allow you to receive unlimited visits without copays, management when medically sound via phone of Facetime, access to Dr. Chan on weekends and nights, and limited in-office tests (urine test, strep, etc).
Direct Primary Care (DPC) provides a solution to problems plaguing our current health care delivery system: rushed office visits, fragmented care, difficult access to a physician, and long wait times for an appointment. The “Direct” in DPC refers to the relationship between a patient and his or her physician. Instead of relying on payments from insurance companies the doctor receives payment directly from her patients, through a monthly subscription fee. The simplicity of this relationship allows for easy access, personalized care and a true collaboration between patient and physician. Since the physician no longer needs to pay additional staff to collect payment from the insurers, report data, and chase down collections, the cost of providing exceptional medical care decreases dramatically. Most DPC doctors limit their patient panels to guarantee full, convenient access for their established patients.
The Direct Primary Care (DPC) model is a practice model where patients pay their physician or practice directly in the form of periodic payments for a defined set of primary care services. Payment is accepted ONLY from the patient making it a “direct” relationship and eliminates interference from third party payers, such as insurance companies. DPC is growing across the country. It is promoted by the American Academy of Family Physicians and many other medical organizations. This is because DPC doctors can give their patients more time. Improved accessibility for our patients makes for more comprehensive healthcare and better patient-physician relationships.
Most everything you have come to expect from your primary care doctor including acute medical care (for sick visits or minor injuries), chronic disease management (such as for hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disorders) and most common office procedures. I also provide well-woman care including Pap smears. Telemedicine is also included. I am available as often as is medically necessary to take the best care of you with NO COPAYS, ever! Please see our detailed tier descriptions attached to this letter to find the right option for you and your needs.
Telemedicine means communicating with your doctor about your medical concerns via a phone call, text, email or even a video visit.Many patients are seeking out this type of care between office visits for convenience, but it is generally not covered by their health insurance. I have a free HIPAA-secure communication system for all of my patients that allows us to do all of the above at NO EXTRACHARGE. And in these days of the pandemic, there is no better way to stay safe AND receive the care you deserve
In a nutshell, DPC ensures fast access to personalized care ANDsaves money for our patients. Insurance is most important for coverage of emergencies or other serious medical conditions. Your primary care doesn’t need to be so expensive. Dr. Chan is skilled at finding the best rates for medications, labs, radiology services, cardiac testing and coordination of care with specialists and health facilities. We have helped save money for patients with even the most comprehensive health insurance plans and there are even greater savings to be found when pairing DPC with a high deductible plan.
The DPC model works to keep the costs down for all patients because everyone is paying a monthly fee. This allows the total DPC cost to stay relatively low. Some patients may feel that they only need the doctor on a minimal basis but this can change very quickly with a bad bronchitis, new injury or other unexpected medical problem. Life is unpredictable but having a DPC doctor means that you are covered when you need it. DPC is also ideal for “healthy” patients because we have more time to devote to prevention and lifestyle issues allowing us to focus on your wellness and longevity