Schneider Medical Group, PA is located in the North Raleigh area and offers a unique concept to the practice of medicine: listening to the patient.
Have the government, insurance companies and “statistics” inserted themselves between you and your physician? Welcome back to a more personal patient-physician relationship. We think you’ll find it “healthy”!
DIRECT PRIMARY CARE EXPLAINED
Direct Primary Care is a new way of thinking about an old way of practicing medicine – one where insurance companies and the government didn’t get in the middle of the patient/physician relationship. By allowing the physician to focus on the patient, and the treatment options that best serve them, instead of what particular medications and procedures are covered under any particular plan, the patient receives better care and trust is developed between you and your doctor. Just as it was meant to be.
The short answer is no. The reason is because we want to have a direct relationship with our patients and minimize the influence of third-party payers on our medical decisions. In order to do this, we are not paid by insurance at our practice and are considered out-of-network for all insurance providers. However, being a patient of Schneider Medical Group does not negate any insurance benefits you may currently have in any way.
So much of a physician’s time is spent on activities like billing, coding, documentation and arguing with insurance companies about coverage instead of taking care of their patients. In order to handle all of this paperwork, physicians hire whole front office staffs at a cost that is passed on to you! This means more patients per day, and less time per patient. We don’t think that’s right and it’s not how we want to practice healing.
And, have you ever had to return to your doctor for a second visit because they couldn’t address more than one issue at a time? That’s because there are limitations on how much insurance will reimburse for a single visit.
We think that Direct Primary Care is a better way!
Yes. At Schneider Medical Group we can see any adult patient regardless of your insurance. However, every patient should have at least insurance coverage for major health expenses (cancer, accidents, etc). We suggest that you carry both a major medical plan and maintain a health savings account, thereby ensuring financial help should hospitalization or a specialist referral be necessary. Combining a lower premium/higher deductible health insurance plan with the direct primary care model can provide substantial cost savings and excellent primary care services.
You can reach your doctor anytime by calling our office. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. After hours your calls will be forwarded straight to the Doctors personal cell phone for immediate response. We ask that you utilize after hours calls for urgent care only. You may also send your non-urgent questions through the patient portal and they will be answered within three business days.
We block off 30 minutes for each appointment time. You don’t have to stay the whole time if you don’t need to, but you will never be rushed through the visit. The whole idea is for you to take all the time you need to ask questions and understand the answers. Also, as a member you are entitled to unlimited visits each month, so if you still have questions, come on back!
Many people want to know if Direct Primary Care membership is a more expensive route than traditional full medical coverage and your traditional Primary Care Physician. The answer is – No, not necessarily.
Here is a link to a great article that explains the cost comparison in simple examples – see for yourself:
Gone are the three week wait times to see your doctor for your annual exam, only to find yourself sitting in the waiting room for an hour past your appointment time.
By limiting our practice size, we can ensure that all patients can be seen the same day or the next business day for acute care. For well-care appointments you’ll typically be seen within just a day to two.
The following links provide additional information about Direct Primary Care in general. Please contact our office to learn more about our practice.
PROVIDING YOU WITH THE LUXURY OF TIME
INAAM J. SCHNEIDER, MD