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Why Pediatric Direct Primary Care is Healthful

Baby being examined by a doctor during an appointment

As parents, keeping our little ones healthy is our top priority. We juggle doctor’s appointments, endless questions, and sometimes, the frustration of long wait times and rushed consultations.

But what if there was a healthcare model designed to prioritize your child’s well-being? What if that option offered more time with the doctor? Let’s add easier access to care as a bonus. To top it off, how does a focus on preventive health sound?

Enter Pediatric Direct Primary Care (DPC). This model is a revolutionary approach that’s changing the way we experience childhood healthcare. In this article, we’ll cover direct pediatric care.

Learn why it might be the healthful choice for your family.

What is Pediatric Direct Primary Care?

Unlike traditional pediatrics, Direct Primary Care (DPC) offered by pediatricians operates on a membership model. This means you pay a predictable monthly or annual fee. Memberships provide patients with access to a wider range of services beyond just sick visits.

Physicians who offer DPC prioritize longer appointment times, allowing for in-depth conversations and a focus on preventive care. They are also more accessible. In fact, they often offer same or next-day appointments, reducing wait times and frustration.

This special way of healthcare helps doctors build good relationships with patients. Your child’s doctor will understand their needs well.

Key Features of DPC

  • Membership Model: Patients pay a predictable monthly or annual fee for comprehensive primary care services.
  • Enhanced Accessibility: Easier scheduling with same or next-day appointments and reduced wait times.
  • Extended Appointment Times: Deeper discussions, thorough consultations, and addressing all concerns.
  • Focus on Preventive Care: Regular wellness checks, proactive health discussions, and early intervention.
  • Stronger Doctor-Patient Relationships: Building trust and personalized care through knowing your child’s doctor.
  • Cost Transparency: Predictable membership fees and clear pricing for additional services.
  • Technology Integration: Convenient appointment scheduling, secure messaging with doctors, and potential telehealth options.
  • Improved Coordination of Care: Smoother referrals to specialists and better communication within the healthcare network (in some practices).

How Insurance-Based Care Compares

Traditional healthcare can play a vital role in covering major medical expenses for children. However, it can be a hindrance to routine pediatric care.

Insurance companies act as middlemen, dictating reimbursement rates and potentially influencing treatment decisions. The rate of inflation grew from 1.4% in 2020 to 7% in 2021. Increases in prices place tough burdens on families.

High premiums and deductibles can strain family finances even further. This can be scary for parent’s attempting to cover basic needs.

Additionally, the pressure to meet insurance quotas can lead to a doctor having larger patient loads. As a result, children get shorter appointments and less personalized attention.

Cons of Insurance-Based Care for Kids:

  • Insurance as a Middleman: Insurance companies can influence treatment decisions and dictate reimbursement rates.
  • Financial Burden: Rising premiums and deductibles can make routine care less affordable, even with insurance.
  • Less Time with the Doctor: More patients equals shorter appointments

What are the benefits for Children?

This healthcare model offers a breath of fresh air compared to the limitations of traditional insurance. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found the average traditional pediatric visit clocks in under 20 minutes. That is hardly enough time for in-depth conversations about your child’s health.

In contrast, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) reports that DPC visits average 35 minutes. This allows for a more relaxed environment, which is especially important for children. It gives your child time to express concerns. Younger kids may struggle to articulate health issues effectively.

Some DPC providers, like Grassroots Healthcare, take convenience even further. We allow parents to text pictures of minor rashes or other concerns for initial assessment.

DPC eliminates the middleman role of insurance companies. This fosters a direct relationship between you, your child, and the doctor.

We base our treatment decisions on your child’s specific needs. Additionally, many DPC pediatricians can prescribe and dispense some medications on-site.

You will save you an extra trip to the pharmacy and streamlining the entire healthcare experience for your family. Beyond convenience, DPC prioritizes personalized care plans tailored to your child’s unique health and development.

This proactive approach can help identify potential problems early on. Catching issues early leads to better long-term health outcomes for your child.

Key Benefits for Kids:

  • Extended Appointment Times: 35 minutes as opposed to 20
  • Focus on Communication: More time for children to express concerns
  • Enhanced Convenience: Options like texting pictures of minor concerns to the doctor for assessment
  • Direct Doctor-Patient Relationship: No insurance company interference
  • Improved Accessibility: Reduced wait-times + Same-day or next-day appointments
  • Streamlined Care: On-site pharmacy prescriptions
  • Personalized Care Plans: Custom approaches for treating each child
  • Focus on Preventive Care: Early detection and proactive measures

In Summary

In conclusion, Pediatric Direct Primary Care offers a refreshing alternative to the limitations of traditional insurance-based care.

With extended appointment times, a focus on communication, and a direct doctor-patient relationship, DPC empowers you to take charge of your child’s health.

Imagine same or next-day appointments, skipping the long wait times, and having a pediatrician who truly knows your child. If you’re looking for a healthcare model that prioritizes your child’s well-being and fosters a collaborative approach to health, Pediatric DPC might be the perfect fit.

Contact Grassroots Healthcare to learn more about our DPC services and see if it could be the “healthful” choice for your family.

Hi, I’m Dr. Melita Tate with Grassroots Healthcare. Hi, I’m Brooke Schaive with Grassroots Healthcare, and I’m a board-certified pediatrician. I just wanted to reach out to the moms out there and let you know that we’re available for you and for your children. I just wanted to emphasize the fact that our pediatric patients really need to establish care with someone that they know and trust, whether that be us or another primary care provider. They get to practice coming in and speaking, using their voice with their physician in a safe environment where we can really advocate for your child. We can advocate for you as a parent and do some of the education. I know as a parent myself, it helped me to have a physician who would sometimes tell my kids about nutritional things they might need to pay attention to. It was nice for them to hear that from a professional as well as Mom. So we want to be there, we want to have your back, and that’s kind of what we do here at Grassroots Healthcare. Absolutely, we involve the parents and the children in these visits. Together, we educate each individual as an individual portion. Mom and Dad get an education portion, and then the patient themselves. We focus heavily on making sure that those relationships are established so that there is a trusting relationship between us and the patient. Yeah, and we like to be there for our pediatric patients to be able to come in when they’re sick. You know, kids get a lot more illnesses, and sometimes it’s nice to see someone that they’re comfortable with. I try to practice looking in the kids’ ears when they’re in a good mood when they come in, so they’re not so scared or fussy about it later. A lot of the kids ask me to look in their ears because I make bird whistles and things like that. So we really try to get the kids comfortable when they come in for a regular visit so that if they do have to come in for a sick visit, then it’s still a familiar, comfortable environment for them. Absolutely.

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