An employer or employee who is in a DPC arrangement makes a fixed monthly payment to a doctor’s office in order to have access to primary care health services. There is no insurance involvement. It's a contract between a doctor and the patient to provide all their primary care medical services a member and their family needs. Office visits, routine checkups, stitches, simple fractures are all things that can be handled in the DPC office. The scope of services varies by physician practice but often include access to inexpensive drugs and x-rays.
DPC provides members with a one-on-one relationship with their doctor who is often available to them 24/7. Immediate access, better care and a doctor who knows a patient's medical history and spends quality time with that patient are all the hallmarks of a DPC practice.