Direct primary care/concierge medicine has been around for almost two decades, but in the early years the retainer fees required to obtain the services of a concierge doctor were often out of reach for middle class folks. These concierge physicians promised a higher level of attention and service from your doctor including after hours access, and comprehensive wellness plans but it came at a price.
As people began to see the benefits that concierge physicians could offer, including helping to manage complex chronic conditions, reducing the need for acute care in hospitals and other facilities, and offering more consultation and one-on-one time for better comprehensive health management, more people became interested in being part of a concierge practice. The increased demand from not-so-affluent consumers led to changes in the fee schedules and costs affordable enough to open up to the masses.
As health care has shifted over the past decade both patients and care providers have become dissatisfied with the model for the physician. In order to keep up with heavy paperwork volume, higher overhead costs, and lower reimbursements from insurance, doctors have to see more patients. The average patient load that a primary care physician carries today is between 2,000 and 4,000 patients sometimes seeing 25 patients a day. This leaves little time for physicians to develop trust and rapport with their patients, and leaves patients feeling frustrated with long wait times, difficulty getting appointments, and limited interaction with the doctor.
The benefit of a direct primary care physician dedicated to weight loss is a reduced volume of patients.
A monthly retainer fee provides a range of benefits including:
- Convenient appointments
- Access to the physician via email
- Reduced fees for lab tests and medications
- Comprehensive disease management, particularly for those suffering from chronic illnesses
With the number of concierge doctors jumping by 50% since 2013 it is clearly a trend that will continue to grow. While more and more people are becoming disillusioned with the current primary care model, private physicians are continuing to expand their services and make them affordable and accessible to everyone.
At the core of Wells Medical Clinic is a medical practice dedicated to providing weight loss and weight management essential for the well-being and ongoing maintenance of a patient's health.
With a focus on weight loss Dr. Wells has your best interest in mind. Direct primary care providers know their patients. They have talked with their patients in detail, treated past conditions and know what recurring problems they are experienced. If a patient has a chronic illness like diabetes their primary care provider is already a partner managing their health every step of the way. It's like having your doctor on speed-dial. Direct care physician practices are a throwback to the days when the patient paid the doctor directly and the doctor worked directly for the patient not for the insurance company.
How does it work?
Weight Loss Management including Direct primary with Dr. Wells is where a patient goes for weight loss management and chronic care management that accompanies the need for maintaining a healthy weight & lifestyle. There is none of the paperwork and expense required today by insurance reimbursement - no procedure or billing approval or deductible. With a lower business overhead and dramatically less paperwork Wells Medical Clinic is not forced to squeeze in an unmanageable number of patients. Dr. Wells will take the time necessary with each patient to deliver high-quality personalized care.
Unexpected health needs do happen & the typical patient in a direct primary care practice keeps an insurance plan to cover emergencies and serious illnesses. We do NOT advocate that you get rid of your insurance before enrolling with Wells Medical Clinic. The vast majority of our members do have health insurance.