FAQs: DPC for Individuals and Families
Who is the typical Direct Primary Care patient?
Our patients run the gamut from CEOs to patients who qualify for Medicaid. Some patients see us as their only way to access great health care at a price they can afford, while others are happy to pay for Euphora Health membership in addition to their insurance in order to obtain enhanced “concierge” benefits. These include unhurried appointments, telemedicine, and 24/7 access to a doctor. We take care of freelancers, business owners, state workers, restaurant employees, and everyone in between.
Testimonials from current patients can be read here.
What does the Euphora Health membership fee cover?
It covers your access to your physician during the business day and after hours, discounted lab work, and most in-clinic labs and procedures are included. As a member, your follow-up and sick visits are included as well. Visits can take place in-person, over the phone, or on a video teleconference e-visit (certain visits must take place in-person). We will do everything we can to see members on the same day or next business day. Additionally, plan members get a secure online personal health record, after-hours phone coverage from the physician, email communication with the physician, and coordination of care with specialists. We also act as your guide to services outside of our office and can often help you save money when you access services outside of our clinic.
Is my membership fee at Euphora Health tax-deductible?
How do I join if the practice is full?
What if I decide to cancel?
What costs are involved in becoming a patient?
There is a one-time signup fee of $79 for individuals and $109 for families who sign up at the same time. There is a monthly recurring payment for your membership based on your age.
Visit our Individual & Family Pricing page for more information.
Does Euphora Health see patients of all ages?
Is there a long-term contract?
Are there any hidden fees?
What is Direct Primary Care?
Why don’t you take insurance?
Our vision is to be a practice that takes the time to get to know you and your health goals. We strive to spend extra time “behind the scenes” in order to provide the service that you deserve – the kind of service that studies show can help address many minor health issues before they become more debilitating and expensive to treat.
If a physician takes health insurance, this type of care is difficult, if not impossible, to provide because of the red tape and the demands of “Big Insurance.”
Being able to coordinate specialist care, talk with you over the phone about your lab results, and to answer follow-up questions over the phone (that you forgot to ask in the exam room) are all examples of what this style of practice allows Direct Primary Care doctors to offer. And the reason is simple: ‘Big Insurance’ causes physicians to have to increase caseloads for nominal fees and to spend enormous amounts of time handling paperwork. Fewer patients with far less paperwork means more time for helping patients with their concerns.
Why is a Direct Primary Care practice a great option?
For an affordable monthly fee with no long-term contract, patients have easy access to a physician that can spend an extended amount of time on their care. DPC doctors offer discounts on services in addition to guiding patients through the medical system.
Will I still benefit from a Direct Primary Care practice even if I don’t require frequent medical attention?
Just a few bad choices while getting medical care could cost more than the yearly membership fee for a Direct Primary Care membership.
Consider this: The cost difference between an MRI at a low-cost and at high-cost provider is often $1,000-$2,000. With direct primary care, your physician has already done the research to know where you should obtain help. This level of care and knowledge could potentially save a patient thousands of dollars should advanced medical care be necessary.
How will I know if Euphora Health is right for me?
We offer a free “meet and greet” phone call prior to joining if desired. This allows a prospective patient time to ask questions in order to be more comfortable in making his or her decision.
What are your prices?
|Age||Full DPC||Virtual DPC|
|0-19 years old||$39||$29|
|20-39 years old||$69||$49|
|40-59 years old||$79||$54|
|60+ years old||$89||$59|
See our Individual & Families Pricing page for more details.
Can you help with the costs of prescriptions?
We can use the discounted prescription lists that are available at multiple pharmacies to take care of many of your health care issues (including diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid issues, and common infections).
These pharmacies offer popular medications at $4 for a 30-day supply or $10 for a 90-day supply.
Additionally, services like GoodRx allow us to find the lowest local pharmacy prices for one-time medications (such as antibiotics, muscle relaxers, antivirals, etc.).
Finally, we also offer a drug discount card that can drastically reduce the costs of brand/specialty medications. Please inquire for details.
What about labs?
Our lab prices are often 90% lower than typical medical clinics, and our patients benefit from the convenience of having us draw the lab specimens here in our office.
What medical conditions do you care for?
- Routine Adult Physicals
- Well Child Visits
- Routine Gynecological Care
- Chronic Disease Management (Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Hypothyroidism, High Cholesterol, Sleep Apnea, Congestive Heart Failure, Arthritis, Allergies, Asthma, GERD/Reflux, COPD/Bronchitis/Emphysema)
- Urgent Visits (Cough, Colds, Flu, Bladder Infection/UTI, Joint Pain, Sore Throat, Headache, Abdominal Pain, Back Pain, Skin Infection, Abscess/Boil, Sinus Infection, Ear Pain, Chest Pain)
- Wound Care
- Splinting of Minor Fractures
- Medication Prescribing
What happens if I need to go to the hospital or see a specialist?
We are in the process of negotiating discounted prices for our patients at other health care organizations (i.e. specialist clinics, imaging centers, labs, counseling).
This process gets easier as more and more medical professionals once again become independent service providers.
If you have insurance, you can continue to use your insurance for care outside of our office.
Are my medical records ever shared with insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies, or government agencies?
What if I need medical attention while I’m away from home?
Often, we can help you without requiring that you see another physician. However, there may be some instances where we would ask you to visit a clinic near you for urgent services (i.e. EKG, chest x-ray, antibiotic injections, etc.).
May I contact Euphora Health after hours? How?
You can call, text, or request a telemedicine visit. All of this can be done through a smartphone based app.
When do I pay for my labs?
If I go to an emergency room or see another doctor, will this clinic take care of those charges?
Is Direct Primary Care like MDVIP/concierge medicine?
MDVIP is a service that offers concierge medical services, generally giving patients enhanced access to the physician. MDVIP includes some labs in their service but tends to charge a larger dollar amount than a Direct Primary Care practice. As well, MDVIP charges a patient’s insurance for billable services.
MEDICARE AND INSURANCE QUESTIONS
Will you see me if I have Medicare?
At this time we are unable to see patients who have any type of Medicare insurance due to Medicare regulations.
Because we anticipate that this will change in the future, we have created a list of Medicare patients to call when the new rules take effect. If you would like to be on the list, please send us an email or call to indicate your interest.
Is Direct Primary Care considered health insurance?
Direct Primary Care covers primary and some preventive care services. These services will take care of the vast majority of an individual’s needs. Studies indicate that DPC takes care of 85-90% of the healthcare needs for most people.
If you require care outside of our office, your Euphora Health DPC membership fee will not cover these services.
If you have traditional health insurance, that insurance can be billed by outside providers for services such as emergency, hospital, specialty care, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, prescription drugs or other goods and services that are ordered by our clinic but which are not performed or provided in our offices.
Does Euphora Health accept outside health insurance?
Do I need health insurance to become a patient?
No. Actually, this practice was created with the primary intention of serving those who don’t have insurance and those who pay directly for their own care, although anyone can become a patient at any time with the current exception of Medicare patients. We anticipate that the Medicare ruling will change next year.
We do not pre-screen or deny patients because of their age, race, religion, national origin, or due to a pre-existing health condition.
However, we do suggest that you have traditional major medical coverage to protect yourself should you experience an unpredictable and catastrophic event.
As a patient of Euphora Health, will I still need insurance?
What if I want to continue my current insurance? Can I use it?
How does this work with 'ObamaCare' or the ACA?
How can I save on insurance costs by being a patient of Euphora Health?
Some health sharing organizations will give their members a discount if the member uses Direct Primary Care. Currently, insurance companies do not offer patients a discount for using direct primary care.