Direct Primary Care:
Minus the Hassle
Dr. Hemkes spoke to the t
eam about "direct primary care" (DPC): chronic disease management; acute/urgent care; preventative care; pediatrics; labs; radiology; and pharmacy dispensing.
A unique operating model, Advocate MD does not accept insurance.
Rather, Dr. Hemkes provides care for a monthly fee—with significant savings on meds, labs, and imaging.
Membership includes unlimited office visits and can limit the need for specialist referrals, Dr. Hemkes explained.
As part of MFC's mission of "care through community," we like to network with and promote local businesses that offer community services and alternatives.
The Advocate MD mission statement is:
"Our priority is putting our patients first. We believe that insurance companies and healthcare administrators interfere with the patient-doctor relationship, undervalue quality of care, and increase costs.
We believe that healthcare can be better. We are passionate about the challenge of constantly striving to improve the care of our patients.
Our patients are happier, healthier, and save money compared to the traditional system."