Healthcare The Way It Should Be
Direct Primary Care (DPC) changes how patients receive care and how physicians deliver care. Mint Lone Tree implements DPC to help eliminate waste in the medical system by taking insurance and third party payers out of routine healthcare, and to provide healthcare the way it should be…to help prevent illness, not just treat it.
The Status Quo
Until the early-20th century, Americans paid their healthcare providers directly for care. Physicians used to routinely make house calls, and had time to develop personal relationships with their patients.
Eventually, health insurance outpaced cash payments as the primary revenue source for medical clinics and hospitals. This change helped lead to the cumbersome fee-for-service healthcare model we see in traditional clinics today.
There are many barriers to receiving optimal care in the fee-for-service model. Physicians are paid based on how many patients they see, how many tests they order, what and how many procedures they do, and so on. Contracting with insurers has placed more demands on physicians, who currently spend more time dealing with insurance and paperwork than with patients. In fact, the face-to-face time a physician spends with a patient is currently less than 12 minutes.
Most physicians would love to spend more time developing personal relationships with their patients, and many would love to integrate non-traditional components of healing, such as acupuncture or yoga therapy, into their treatment plans. Unfortunately, in the traditional model, they are simply unable to because of the restrictions and bureaucracy associated with insurance.
Physicians In Traditional Practices*
83% can’t spend as much time with patients as they’d like
95% wish they could do more to help patients stay well/prevent health problems
85% wish they could spend more time with their patients to truly get to know them as people
54% write prescriptions or refer patients to specialists due to time constraints
Our Approach: Direct Primary Care
DPC helps remove many barriers associated with the traditional fee-for-service model that is governed by insurance. And when this model is combined with our healthcare + wellness philosophy, you receive more than just great healthcare, you receive tools that can help you in your search for optimal health and well-being.
Better Access, Lower Costs
Instead of using insurance, you pay a monthly, quarterly, or annual membership fee. Your membership enables you to visit your physician as often as needed without incurring additional costs, contact your physician directly by phone, email, video chat, or text, make same or next day appointments in most cases, and more. Additionally, there are never any surprise charges or hidden fees, so you will always know exactly what you’re paying for everything.
The elimination of insurance from this relationship not only benefits you the member, but also your physician. Your physician can spend the time needed to develop a trusted, personalized relationship with you, and create an ongoing care plan intended to keep you healthy and strive for optimal wellness.
And your healthcare is personalized for you. This means we put you first. We treat you how we want to be treated. We call you by your name.
The improved access and increased time you get in DPC has been proven to result in:
Fewer visits to the emergency room
Fewer visits to urgent care
Fewer hospital admissions
Fewer specialist referrals
Less spending on total healthcare costs
In a typical family or general medicine practice, a physician has an average of 2,500 patients overall, and typically sees 18-20 patients per day. Some physicians see many more patients per day, mainly because of the requirements insurance companies place on them regarding how many patients they need to see. This leads to long waits in crowded waiting rooms, and short visits with your physician.
At Mint Lone Tree, your physician sees an average of 8-10 patients per day, and we intentionally keep the number of patients we see to about 1/4 to 1/3 the overall number of patients that a physician sees in a typical practice.
More Time With You
The average face-to-face time with a physician in a standard medical visit in the U.S. is less than 12 minutes. That may be why you feel rushed or nervous, or forgot to ask questions during your appointment.
At Mint Lone Tree, our appointments typically last 30-60 minutes. No rush. This means there’s more time for you to spend with your physician and develop a close relationship…and to remember those questions you wanted to ask.
In our current fee-for-service medical system, choice is very limited. This means that when a physician refers you to a specialist, the referral is often to someone in your insurance network, and this may not be who you would choose.
We have no ties to insurance networks, which means you can see the specialist of your choice.
Our lead physician, Dr. Amy Sheeder, believes in the importance of the mind/body/spirit connection and that the healing of each component is paramount to an individual’s health and well-being. Additionally, she believes better overall health and well-being can be achieved when many modalities of healing are considered.
These beliefs form the basis of our healthcare + wellness philosophy. At Mine Lone Tree, you have the opportunity to explore multiple treatment, healing, and maintenance options with your physician.