Independent Primary Care 2021-04-30T15:46:51+00:00

Independent Primary Care

The greatest accomplishments in medicine are achieved through teamwork.

Why then, is Wise Patient’s independence a core component of its mission to be the smartest and most compassionate primary care clinic in Seattle?

Being administratively independent from large medical institutions allows Wise Patient greater clarity of thought and transparency as a primary care clinic.

Wise Patient is not influenced by the financial motivations of a large institution.

If we refer you for outside testing or to an outside specialist, you can be confident that we believe it is in your best interest. Dr. Warren, Dr. Beda, and Dr. Lee know Seattle’s specialists well. When you need it, they will refer you to the most qualified specialist for your unique situation, without external pressure to refer you to one particular hospital’s group.

Similarly, Wise Patient has no extra pressure to refer patients to procedures and tests that reimburse that institution more favorably.

Our patients are never charged an extra “facility fee” for their visit, and we place no limitations on where you can be hospitalized.

So long as the electronic health record technology continues to allow robust interaction between primary care physicians and other healthcare providers and institutions, Wise Patient has the power to improve patient health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and decrease healthcare costs.

If you’re tired of unexpected bills, confusing insurance policies, and doctors who seem too rushed to listen, Direct Primary Care is for you. 

Imagine having your doctor in your pocket, equally accessible by secure text message, phone call, video call, and in person, all for a predictable low monthly fee. That is Direct Primary Care at Wise Patient.  

Wise Patient offers unique benefits for our patients: 

  • The quality of your medical care. The average time a primary care physician spends with each patient is debated. Whatever that average is, we blow the doors off it at Wise Patient and will never compromise your health by overbooking our schedules. Additionally, our patients get access to steeply discounted cash-price blood tests and off-site medical imaging we have negotiated on their behalf. 

  • The quality of your lifestyle care. We invest in providing you with a growing list of lifestyle health opportunities at no-extra cost via our voucher program and other community partnerships.  As a member of Wise Patient, each year you can access a set of vouchers for free services from one of our community health partners. Currently, those partners are MoveMendZum FitnessRenewtrition, and Katelyn Page Fitness. The value of each set of vouchers measures in the hundreds of dollars and the feedback from our patients on these experiences has been overwhelmingly positive.  

  • The quality of your physicians. To recruit and retain the very best physicians to Wise Patient, we create a doctoring experience that resembles what that physician envisioned when they first entered medical school. 

Direct Primary Care is increasingly recognized as the gold standard for primary care. 

 The Washington state legislature recognizes Direct Primary Care as “an innovative, affordable option which could improve access to medical care, reduce the number of people who now lack such access, and cut down on emergency room use for primary care purposes”.  

A large actuarial study found that Direct Primary Care members had fewer ER visits/costs, 25% lower hospital admissions, and lower risk-adjusted claim costs.  

The Milliman Consulting Firm now has expanded their recommendation for Direct Primary Care to many small employers and self-insured larger employers.