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What is direct primary care?

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a new medical philosophy that cuts out third-party insurance, allowing patients direct access to their physician for their healthcare needs. At Boston Direct Health, we provide our patients with highly accessible, personalized care anytime it’s needed. That means longer visits with your doctor and easy ways of communicating outside business hours. More time allows us to discuss your health concerns, find the proper diagnosis for your medical conditions, and identify a pathway to living a more healthful life. Reach out to our office in Boston, MA to schedule a consultation with primary care physician Dr. Steven Zivich. 

how does direct primary care work?

DPC follows a monthly membership fee — usually the same costs of your gym membership or cell phone service. You are then given immediate access to Dr. Zivich. Boston Direct Health’s membership covers a wealth of benefits and services, including:

  • No co-pays
  • Primary and preventive healthcare
  • Same-day appointments
  • Prescription discounts on select medications
  • 20% discount on cosmetic injectables
  • Unlimited, direct communication via phone, email, text, or video chat

Do I still need to have health insurance?

Yes, you do. Our medical practice is not a health insurance program. While Direct Primary Care is more affordable than traditional health insurance, we strongly recommend that you maintain insurance (and/or Medicare). You will need medical insurance in case an unpredictable event affects your health, such as surgery, emergency care, and hospitalization. Not doing so can leave you financially vulnerable if these scenarios were to arise. To minimize costs, Direct Primary Care is often paired with a high deductible health plan (HDHP) and/or a health savings account (HSA).

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What are the benefits of direct primary care?

Direct primary care allows you direct access to your physician for your healthcare needs. Benefits of direct primary care with Dr. Zivich include:

  • No co-pays
  • Primary and preventive healthcare
  • Same-day appointments
  • Prescription discounts on select medications
  • 20% discount on cosmetic injectables
  • Unlimited, direct communication via phone, email, text, or video chat

Is direct primary care the same as concierge medicine?

Both direct primary care (DPC) and concierge medicine are membership-based practice plans that provide quicker and easier access to their physicians. The main difference between the two is that direct primary care physicians don’t charge your insurance for visits and concierge medicine physicians do.

Is direct primary care cheaper?

For many types of healthcare services, direct primary care is often less expensive than using a traditional insurance plan.

Can I use my HSA to pay for direct primary care?

Yes, you can use your HSA (Health Savings Account) to pay for your direct primary care.

experience the difference at Boston Direct Health

Boston Direct Health is one of Boston’s only practices that use the Direct Primary Care model and emphasize functional medicine and lifestyle care. We care about your total well-being and partner with you to achieve your health goals. To learn more, call our office in Boston, MA to set up a consultation with Steven Zivich, M.D.

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