Concierge medicine: exploring direct primary care
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Nevada is almost dead last in the country – 48 out of 50 – in the number of doctors per population. But although we have a severe shortage of doctors, there are options for care.
They could change your healthcare journey and help you avoid the long wait at a provider’s office.
âI had years of this, and I was ready for a change,â said Trina Morella, a direct care patient.
The change for her has been to move away from traditional insurance-based health care and move to direct primary care (DPC).
âI cannot see patients in 10 minutes, this is not good care,â said Dr Ati Hakimi, direct care physician.
She was also frustrated with the system, so she opened her own practice and took in patients like Morella.
Hakimi is a CPD doctor, some people call a janitor or a retention based medication. It transfers most of the financial responsibility to the patient, in return for improving your healthcare experience.
âEveryone should know that there is an alternative,â Morella said. “You know, everyone should be their own advocate for health care because if they aren’t, they’re never going to get what they really need.”
It costs between $ 1,200 and $ 3,000 a year. Hakimi even offers home visits.
âIt’s quality, it’s affordable, it’s completely transparent,â explained the doctor, âthere are no hidden costs. It’s just this once-a-month package, and people all have access to me. “
Hakimi negotiates rates directly with manufacturers and suppliers of drugs, including imaging, which can be cheaper than using insurance.
“I can order an x-ray tomorrow for $ 25, a CT scan for about $ 150, an MRI, $ 200,” she shared.
This approach may force you to think differently about health insurance.
âSo you don’t use your auto insurance to put gas in to keep it going; you don’t use your home insurance and paint your house to make it look good, âHakimi compared.
Morella noted, “You can still have your health insurance, and it covers your large items that you needâ¦ It must be the right fit for you, and it was the right fit for me.”
Concierge medicine has both its critics and its supporters. While the patient-centered benefits of faster access to care and better relationships are attractive, some say the model does not promote health equity.