Is Concierge Medicine the Same as Direct Primary Care?
The terms are often used interchangeably, and essentially refer to the same thing. Direct primary care is a healthcare model focused on putting the patient first. That means treating them when they need treated, never rushing patients through appointments, and being proactive with healthcare treatment plans. The doctor-patient relationship is just as the name suggests – direct. Direct primary care clinics don’t accept insurance, rather they choose to work direction with the patient, providing them wholesale labs and prescription prices along the way.
What sets The Wells Medical Clinic apart from other practices?
We have shrugged the bureaucracy. We have shredded red tape. In refusing to recognize any interference with the sanctity of the patient/physician relationship we have returned family practice medicine to its root values of clinical excellence for and compassionate knowledge of every patient. Our focus is weight loss in every aspect of family health care.
At Wells Medical Clinic our greatest ally is time. We are committed to your weight loss. Every visit will be easy-going in its absolute thoroughness. We will assist you with your needs in a relaxed atmosphere. As the months and years go by we will build a comprehensive, intimate knowledge of your health with valuable understanding of your specific needs.
Does The Wells Medical Clinic accept health insurance?
No. Happily, no.
Perhaps the most critical distinction in our model of care centers on a direct, personal relationship between you and your doctor. That directness carries over to our business model as well. We forgo insurance payments in order to save our patients from the arbitrary, intrusive decisions that inevitably follow with third-party payors. Furthermore, this direct fee-for-services arrangement frees us from the typical contractual agreements that prevent physicians from offering reduced prices on laboratory tests and medications.
As a patient of The Wells Medical Clinic will I still need health insurance?
Yes. Our clients must continue to carry insurance that will cover major medical needs. This will insure financial help should hospitalization or referral to a specialist be necessary.
If I have Medicare can I still join The Wells Medical Clinic ?
Yes. You need only sign a one-time waiver declaring that neither you nor Dr. Wells will bill Medicare for our services.
What happens if I need to go to the hospital or see a specialist?
In providing superb care we seek to prevent or reduce hospitalizations and specialty referrals. In those instances where those types of care are required we will refer you to a specialist in your network. Dr. Wells is well acquainted with Cox and Mercy's specialists. Many of whom she has trained with and has referred patients to over the last twenty years of practicing in the Springfield area. Often with just a phone call she can facilitate your care with a specialist.
What if I need medical attention while I’m away from home?
Naturally we provide such care – yet another freedom we enjoy together. The Wells Medical Clinic has independence from the restrictions of third-party payment. Because we know you well we can streamline your care when you are sick away from home. In the age of virtual communications many illnesses can be diagnosed and treated with a simple conversation via Email. Just locate the nearest pharmacy and we are able to order the medications most appropriate for your circumstances if appropriate.
Are my medical records ever shared with insurance carriers or pharmaceutical companies?
We maintain scrupulous standards of privacy. We are never obligated to provide any third party with a copy of your records unless you specifically ask that we do so.