Direct Primary Care is not insurance. DPC, is a model of healthcare that puts patients first by getting rid of the red tape by which most other traditional practices are restricted.
Cascade Direct Primary Care is Portland’s newest Direct Primary Care practice. We offer a pattern of family healthcare that is immediate, thorough, comprehensive, specific, easily affordable, and very, very personal.
The terms are often used interchangeably and essentially refer to the same principles. Direct Primary Care is a healthcare model focused on putting the patient first. That means treating them when they need it, never rushing patients through appointments, and being proactive with healthcare treatment plans. The doctor-patient relationship is just as the name suggests – direct. Direct Primary Care clinics don’t accept insurance, rather they choose to work directly with the patient, providing deeply discounted lab prices, and other costs savings along the way.
Yes. We recommend our patients continue a major medical plan with a high deductible and health savings account to ensure financial help should hospitalization or referral to a specialist be necessary. Although we do not directly bill insurance, any services you obtain outside of the clinic can be billed to your insurance provider if possible. For example, if you need to see a specialist and they accept your insurance, you can request their office bill your insurance for that consultation. This includes images from radiology and/or some high cost labs or medications that you obtain outside the office. Though we often have much better prices than your insurance carrier will provide you, we are happy to help you cost shop. One huge difference here at Cascade Direct Primary Care is that we give you the cost of services before they are rendered so you can be confident that your care is within your budget. We are also happy to refer you to an insurance representative who can help customize an insurance plan to your specific needs. Another good option would be one of the health cost sharing ministries. Please call us if you have additional questions.
Yes, patients on Medicare and Medicaid are able to sign up with us by agreeing to pay the monthly membership themselves. Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for membership services. Call one of our staff to discuss how this works in more detail.
Unfortunately, no. Your retainer is not yet defined as a “medical expense” in most states and as such is not deductible. Please confer with your tax consultant to clarify tax consequences in your particular circumstances.
In providing superb care with exceptional access, we seek to prevent or reduce hospitalizations and specialty referrals. In instances where those types of care are required, we will certainly continue to work with your hospitalist during your hospital stay as well as work closely with any specialist. In some cases, depending on the level of care and the sorts of expertise required, we may rely on those specialized caregivers to manage your treatment.
Yes. We are happy to accept the children (birth to 18 years of age) of our enrolled clients. We are able to provide well child checks, sports physicals and sick visits.