More To The Story with Staley: Direct Primary Care
New method to cut the insurance company out of your doctor visits
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Dr. Greg Steinke has been a physician since 2006. But after time, he became frustrated with the standard way of practicing. He was looking for more.
“I wanted to have more time to help people. To educate and teach people. I began searching for a more effective way.”
So Steinke jumped into the world of Direct Primary Care. Or DPC. It’s really a simple way of doing things. Somewhat the old fashioned way.
Bottom line: it removes insurance from the doctor-patient relationship. The patient pays a monthly fee. Like a membership. For routine outpatient services. With unlimited visits. Visits which can last as long as 45 minutes. Usually, there are no age limitations.
DPC expert Beth Holmes says the option is gathering a lot of attention.
“Good ideas catch on. I think many people are hungry for different solutions. So many are unhappy with their overall health care. I think it’s only a matter of time. And I think it’s the wave of the future.”
Steinke says DPC has been around for 10-12 years now. But many people still don’t know about it.
When they DO get on board, it seems to suit those patients needs quite nicely.
“They are looking for a closer relationship. The old fashioned way. They want a longer visit. They want a simple process where they know what to expect. In the world of DPC, they know exactly what they’ll get.”
There are several other practices in Chattanooga besides Dr. Greg Steinke’s that are into the option of DPC.
In fact, DPC is now in all 50 states.
Dave Staley, News 12.