Dr. Young provides Lifestyle Medicine focused direct care based on a Direct Primary Care (DPC) model.
In a traditional fee for service (FFS) model, the physician-patient relationship is often devalued. Physicians working in the FFS system want to provide a high level of care but are often constrained by a huge administrative burden dealing with insurance companies and billing companies. They must have larger patient panels to cover the increased administrative costs and often spend their time coding, billing and trying to jump through administrative hoops rather than focusing that time on patient care.
DPC was created to leave the third party out of the patient-physician relationship. Physicians are able to have smaller patient panels so they are not rushed and can practice medicine in a more personalized manner allowing for more time to listen to and educate patients. This leads to a high quality of care.
Up front, direct care may seem more costly, but it often isn’t. While there is a monthly fee, patients in a direct care practice often save money in other areas – they can get in to see their doctor in a timely manner and can text or call with questions leading to less ER and urgent care visits. At Sozo we will be working with you and supporting you in making lifestyle changes that will minimize your need for medication, specialist visits and hospitalization.
A quick comparison:
|Time with Physican||Under 10 minutes||30-60 minutes|
|Number of patients per doctor||2500||300-600|
|Time to schedule a new patient visit||4 weeks||1-2 days|
|Wait time to see physician||20 minutes||0|
|Urgent care visit cost||$150||0|