Direct Primary Care
located in Apex, NC
Direct Primary Care Q & A
Nowadays, there are so many complicated medical terms used that it is hard to keep up with all of them. Your friends tell you that you should try one thing, or another, but you have no idea what they even mean! Not to worry. Our doctors are primary health care specialists that care about their patients awareness, as well as their health. So, we have created this article to explain to you in simple terms what it is that we do and how our services can help you.
What is direct primary care?
Primary health care refers to the first contact a person has with the health system when they have a health problem that is not urgent. Commonly, services provided by primary health care providers include:
- diagnosis, treatment and care of people with health problems
- promoting good health
- preventing health problems
- early intervention
- managing ongoing and long-term conditions
The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains that Primary Health Care (PHC) “addresses the majority of a person’s health needs throughout their lifetime” including physical, mental and social well-being. This approach to health care goes beyond disease orientation – it emphasises health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. PHC services address individual and family health care as well as public health and the needs of defined populations.
They further go on to outline the three components that define primary health care:
- meeting people’s health needs throughout their lives
- addressing the broader determinants of health through multisectoral policy and action
- empowering individuals, families and communities to take charge of their own health
So, what makes PHC different? PHC is not only about treating diseases, it is about educating and supporting communities of patients to achieve sustained health for all.
At Access Healthcare our primary care physician in Apex, NC provides primary care services directed at four specific areas: direct primary care, high cholesterol, hypertension and wellness.
What primary care services do we offer?
Direct Primary Care
Our Direct Primary Care (DPC) program is orientated on providing high quality health care at reduced costs by removing the insurance companies from the patient-physician relationship. Thus, the third-party that drives-up the costs, or controls the medical decisions is removed, allowing us to give you even better quality healthcare! We operate on a simple and affordable fixed monthly subscription fee.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 75 million people have high blood pressure and only 54% of them have it under control! These statistics are shocking considering that hypertension increases the risk for heart disease and having a stroke! Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” as it usually doesn’t have any warning signs, or symptoms. Therefore you should get in touch with our primary care in Apex to get checked for hypertension and have our physicians help you take control of it. To learn more about how Access Healthcare can help you with this condition, visit our Hypertension page.
High Cholesterol Management
Cholesterol is a substance found in the fats in your blood cells that are crucial for new cell growth. There are two types of cholesterol:
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which delivers cholesterol throughout your body
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL), which picks up the excess cholesterol and delivers it to your liver for processing
As your LDL levels rise, the HDL correspondingly struggles to keep up with clearing away the excess fat. This results in cholesterol being left behind in your arterial walls, slowing down the flow of blood throughout your body, which in turn negatively impacts your cardiovascular health.
At our practice we begin by providing you with the treatment that you need to prevent immediate problems. Once those are under control, we introduce education about lifestyle changes required to give you long-term control, and support you in carrying them out. These commonly include exercise, nutritional changes, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol. Check out our High Cholesterol page for more information about the dangers of having high cholesterol and the ways it is treated.
As part of providing primary care in Apex, we provide our patients with the opportunity to take annual comprehensive wellness exams. Our bodies are constantly sending us signals about our health, but do you know where to look? Our physicians sure do!
Firstly, a member of staff will look at your vitals – blood oxygen levels, body temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure, etc. to find any obvious changes. Then the doctor will sit down with you to discuss your health and any concerns you have developed over the year. After a comprehensive screening physical exam, blood tests and urine tests results will be discussed in depth. The doctor will analyse this information and advise you as to what steps you should take next, to improve your health. You can learn more about our wellness exam here.
Do I still need insurance?
Under the DPC program, the primary care doctors at Access Healthcare provide most of your basic healthcare needs. However, they do recommend that you still carry insurance in case of a catastrophic illness or accident.
The idea is to use this health insurance for unexpected and expensive problems while Access Healthcare takes care of 90% of your healthcare needs at a lower cost than an insurance-based medical practice can.
What are the main benefits for patients?
There are many benefits to eliminating the control and cost of a third-party insurance carrier, including:
- Reduced out-of-pocket costs for most patients
- Plenty of quality time with your provider
- Same-day appointments available
- Shorter wait times
- E-visits, including video visits over your smartphone
- Emphasis on health and wellness rather than just sick care
Ultimately, this type of care is far more personalized, allowing you to build a relationship with your primary care doctor at Access Healthcare that will serve you well for years to come.
How does the fee system work?
Under the DPC program, you pay a monthly subscription cost. There are different levels so you can choose the one that’s right for your situation. By setting up the system this way, DPC minimizes or eliminates the fee-for-service incentives found in primary care. These incentives cloud healthcare decision-making by rewarding more procedures, unnecessary testing, inappropriate referrals, and fruitless treatments versus simply keeping patients healthy.
DPC replaces the “only get paid when the doctor does something to you” strategy with a simple monthly fee that allows your doctor at Access Healthcare to provide all of your primary care services at a much lower cost.
To explore the benefits of direct primary care further, call or fill out the online form to request an appointment.
Learn more about your primary care physician in Apex, NC
Access Healthcare is committed to providing high-quality medical services. Motivated by the need for more patient-friendly healthcare services we offer great primary care services that are effective, affordable, and readily available. With vigilant preventive care the doctors and other health care providers at our practice, partner with patients for long-lasting health. But don’t just listen to us, read what our customers have to say about our services – you can find the testimonials here.
To learn more about primary care services at Access Healthcare, get in touch with us:
- Call us at 919-363-0190
- Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Request an appointment online-note this does not guarantee an appointment time it is just a request.
- Visit our clinic: 1031 W. Williams Street, Suite 106, Apex, NC 27502
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.
WHAT WE OFFER
1031 W. Williams Street, Suite 106
Apex, NC 27502
|Monday||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Tuesday||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Wednesday||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Thursday||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Friday||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|