First things first, direct pay primary care and concierge medicine are not the same things.
Many physicians we talk to about concierge medicine physician jobs get concierge medicine and direct pay primary care confused. That’s not surprising. It is confusing.
They are different models of primary care and use two different methods to be reimbursed for care.
Concierge medicine involves the practice of adding a membership fee to more traditional insurance reimbursements so that its doctors can provide relationship-based care — with longer appointment times, same-day access, etc.
Direct pay works entirely outside of the health insurance model to get cash (or credit) reimbursement directly from the patient at the time of service. But direct pay practices don’t necessarily see fewer patients each day or spend more time with them.