Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a whole new approach to healthcare. Through this service patients receive care by subscribing to an affordable, monthly membership. This helps remove insurance companies from the patient/provider relationship. The traditional approach to healthcare is called Fee for Service (FFS) and is obligated to follow the given health plan's policy in patient treatments, pre-qualifications, etc. Under fee based service, providers are pressured to see too many patients. This results in shorter appointment times, longer times in the waiting room and longer wait times between appointments. A typical patient panel in FFS consists, on average, of about 2000 patients.
In DPC, a typical patient panel is kept to around 500-600 patients and appointment times are usually as high 30-60 minutes. By eliminating insurance companies and the bureaucracy that comes with them, patients are allowed more time with their provider, zero time in waiting rooms and much quicker access to an appointment.