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Are you looking for Direct Primary Care in Seattle?
Direct Primary Care, also known as Membership Medicine, is a primary care service available to you in Seattle at Wise Patient.
Think of it like a gym membership, where you pay a monthly fee to access all the services. That’s what you get with membership medicine. You pay a flat monthly membership fee and get direct access to your personal physician, including unlimited primary care. With Wise Patient Internal Medicine, you have a physician who has the time to really understand your health needs because they aren’t overbooking their schedules.
Membership Medicine Benefits
The Wise Patient Direct Primary Care (DPC) Membership Fee is: $125/month, effective JULY 1, 2021. The Concierge Medicine (CM) Membership Fee is: $100/month, also effective July 1.
Non-Medicare Concierge memberships will be increasing to $100/month; are not available to new members; and on 1/1/2022 will no longer be offered to existing members.
NOTE: Medicare patients MUST choose Concierge Medicine.
The membership is a flat rate, no down payment, no minimal term, and you can discontinue at any time without penalty.It allows the doctor a smaller more exclusive practice, about one third of a normal practice size. With fewer total patients, a physician can provide more detailed care which should result in healthier happier patients. Membership Medicine is an innovative way to deliver primary care that is catching on across the country.
Among the reasons patients have cited for choosing DPC or CM are:
More Comprehensive Care
Better Access To Their Personal Physician Beyond Office Visits
Improved Fitness And Lifestyle Tracking
Decreased Monthly Health Costs (When Paired With A Low-Premium High Deductible Insurance Plan)
Major Discounts For Common Medical Tests
Better Long-Distance Care While Working And Traveling
Improved Fitness in partnership with MoveMend and/or Zum Fitness
We don’t bill your insurance so you don’t pay copays, coinsurance, or deductibles for your care with us.
NOTE: Not available to Medicare patients
EFFECTIVE JULY 1: $100/month membership fee, plus we bill your insurance for each office visit.
Therefore, you are responsible for the copays, coinsurance, and deductibles your insurance plan requires of you.
NOTE: Medicare beneficiaries must choose this model since Medicare regulation does not yet permit Medicare patients to participate in DPC.
EFFECTIVE January 1, 2022, we will no longer offer concierge memberships for Non-Medicare patients.
Washington State Is Fully On Board
Washington State is fully on board with direct primary care. Permanent law RCW 48.150 “Direct Patient-Provider Primary Health Care” can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/kt627jy. It is well written and full of appropriate patient protections. This law emphasizes that DPC practices do not bill insurance for primary care services and that patients may discontinue their membership at any time.
Still have questions about Direct Primary Care in Seattle? Call our office for clarification or check out our FAQ.