What Is Direct Primary Care?
With changes and advances being made in the medical industry each day, it can be easy to lose sight of the most integral aspect of healthcare: a strong, personal relationship between the doctor and patient. In fact, it's not uncommon for physicians to see 30 – 40 patients a day. Insurance companies may regularly deny patients treatment recommended by their doctor and require physicians to fill out hundreds of forms and call them in order to justify nearly every medical suggestion, such as an x-ray or prescription change. This often results in rising medical costs, delays in care, and decreased direct access to the physician. Thankfully, direct primary care (DPC) offers a solution to this problem.
Direct primary care places the doctor-patient relationship at the forefront of your healthcare by eliminating interference from insurance companies that can halt or even put a stop to some of the services you need. At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, Dr. Matthew Barker and Dr. Melanie Gray are thrilled to offer an accessible DPC medical care plan to our patients and their families. Reach out to our office in Southlake, TX, and the surrounding areas of Midland, and Odessa, TX to find out if direct primary care could be what your family needs to live healthily and happily.
"We have had a great experience with Dr. Barker! Our newborn had a tongue and lip tie revised, and Dr. Barker worked with her to relieve restrictions. In three sessions, she has gone from a poor sleeper in constant discomfort to a happy, relaxed baby. He helped loosen up her tongue restrictions and she is nursing much better (and my pain is gone)! I highly recommend Dr. Barker."- K.P. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"Dr. Barker has helped me turn my health around without the use of harmful medications. I was diagnosed with RA and didn't want to take the meds with horrible side effects. He has helped get my RA under control, I am off my cholesterol and blood pressure meds. He has helped with hormone treatment which has improved my life tremendously. And at the young age of 60 I feel fabulous thanks to Dr. Barker."- C.F. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Barker is a very friendly, thorough, and talented provider. I’m very satisfied with the pain relief I’ve experienced from his treatments."- L.C. / Google / Jan 05, 2020
"I brought my 3 month old son in to see Dr.Barker and I am ecstatic over how great he was with my son. He was very professional and informative. Since I had my baby he has been very uncomfortable with being in a car seat and I’m almost immune to him screaming when I put him in. Today was the first time that I put him in and he did not cry and actually fell asleep. I could cry from happiness. Thank you Dr. Barker!!!"- J.H. / Google / Nov 22, 2021
"She is the best doctor I ever had"- R.W. / Healthgrades / Sep 14, 2021
How Is Direct Primary Care Different?
The primary difference between Integrative Pain and Wellness Center and other typical insurance-based care offices is that we can provide our patients with the flexibility of monthly payments for a set fee, which takes care of all of your primary care needs. These needs include annual wellness exams, medication management, any acute visit for an illness or to discuss lab results, and telephone/telemedicine visits. Some other perks in our office's DPC program include:
- Having the ability to call, text, or email your doctor directly
- Getting a 10% discount on any cash services provided at the office (osteopathic manipulative treatment, musculoskeletal injections, hormone pellets, massage therapy, etc.)
- Longer appointment times
- Same- or next-day appointment options for acute visits
- Family discounts
- No long-term contract is required since the agreement is month to month
Do I Still Need Insurance?
When you choose a direct primary care facility for your fundamental wellness needs, insurance is not required to access the care and treatment you need. In fact, DPC eliminates the middle man to give you more direct access to our physicians, making your health journey more enjoyable and convenient. At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, we offer many of the same services that typical insurance-based care provides, such as wellness exams, medication management, and covered visits to our Southlake, TX office for acute illnesses.
Direct Primary Care FAQ
What benefits does direct primary care offer?
- Direct access to your physician via phone, text, or email
- More time with each appointment
- Primary and preventive medicine
- Same-day or next-day appointments
- Family discounts
- 10% discount on any cash service
- No long-term contracts
Is direct primary care cheaper than health insurance co-pays?
With direct primary care at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, many services and procedures can often be more affordable than they would be under a health insurance plan.
Can I use my HSA to pay for direct primary care?
In many cases, an HSA (health savings account) can be used for direct primary care. During your consultation, we can review your insurance coverage with you to help determine coverage and costs.
Direct Care When You Need It
At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, Dr. Barker and Dr. Gray are thrilled to provide men, women, and their families with convenient, high-quality care that exists outside of the insurance-based medical model. This means that when you visit our Southlake, Midland, and Odessa, TX office, you will get longer one-on-one time with our team, more accessible costs, and a fast-track to achieving your optimal health. Our DPC plan requires no contract and runs on a month-to-month basis. To find out more about the benefits of direct primary care, give our office a call. We can't wait to hear from you!