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Membership Medicine is a primary care service – think gym membership – that optimizes your access to your personal physician, who is motivated to be there for you.
Membership Medicine Benefits
The Wise Patient Direct Primary Care (DPC) Membership Fee is: $100/month. The Concierge Medicine (CM) Membership Fee is: $75/month.
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
Direct Primary Care
$100 monthly membership fee.
We don’t bill your insurance so you don’t pay copays, coinsurance, or deductibles for your care with us.
Not available to Medicare patients
$75 monthly 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.
Medicare beneficiaries must choose this model since Medicare regulation does not yet permit Medicare patients to participate in DPC.
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.