DPC is an innovative practice model for providing high quality, high access primary care at a simple, flat, affordable membership fee. The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and their primary care physician. Patients have extraordinary access to their physician who is accountable to them, not to an insurance company. By opting out of insurance contracts, your doctor is often able to negotiate lower prices for you on labs, imaging and even medications.
Charging a monthly fee allows us to be creative with our care and attentive to our patients. By removing the insurance companies as payer, we don’t need to worry about prior authorizations or whether our treatment will be approved. Primary care is extremely valuable, but it doesn’t need to be expensive. This model allows us to keep a minimalist office and prevents you from being bounced among multiple people before you can actually speak with your physician. We don’t need to rush you through your visit in order to see more people, because that’s not how we operate. All patients get the time they need. We work for you. The monthly fee also helps patients to budget for their healthcare needs without concern for co-pays or hidden costs.
Treehouse Family Medicine does not accept or bill your insurance. Treehouse Family Medicine charges a flat monthly fee which covers most primary care services. Patients should still retain an insurance policy in the event of catastrophic illness or hospitalization or to see specialists if the need arises. Many people find a high deductible insurance plan with a lower monthly premium pairs well with Direct Primary Care, as we can offer discounted rates on lab studies and help you find more affordable ways to purchase your medications.
Our membership covers outpatient primary care visits as well as access to your physician. If you need to be admitted to the hospital, we may visit you to help coordinate care, but our membership will not cover the cost of your stay or the care from the inpatient team.
Being a member keeps down out-of-pocket costs (such as charges applied before you meet your deductible). This allows you to purchase less expensive insurance, while enjoying superior, direct and personalized care from a primary care physician. We offer deeply discounted lab testing, but you may also use your insurance for these services if you would like.
Dr. Wax will see any patient who is interested in receiving personalized medical care, including uninsured patients and those with preexisting conditions.
At Treehouse Family Medicine, we accept patients that are on Medicare; however, we do not bill Medicare, nor can the patient bill Medicare for primary care services that we provide. Medicare will still cover any laboratory testing, imaging, medications, referrals to specialists, and hospitalizations. Please note that Medicare Advantage plans often require an in-network provider.
Direct primary care is an alternative and better model for primary care. We don’t believe it makes sense to use a fee-for-service model for primary care. Physicians who practice primary care in an insurance-based model are forced to see many patients at shorter intervals to cover a multitude of costs (not the least of which are staff, time and material, in effort to comply with health insurance payment criteria) . If your insurance covers primary care, you are paying for an expensive benefit that is often difficult, if not impossible, to enjoy.
Direct primary care is comprehensive, highly effective and less expensive than the current insurance-based primary care model.
We do not require members to sign any contracts that commit them to a certain period of membership. Memberships do not have an end date.
A minimum of the first month of membership and a registration fee are paid up front and are nonrefundable. We ask for 30 days notice prior to cancellation.
We would love the opportunity to take care of you and your family for many years to come, but if you change your mind, you are welcome to cancel at any time. Please note, we do charge a re enrollment fee of $160 if you choose to return to Treehouse Family Medicine after a cancellation of membership.