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The current insurance based health care system doesn't work well for your health, finances or schedule. DPC works for you and can lower overall costs.

Time to listen, learn, educate and empower.

You seek healthcare only when you need it and expect to be treated as a whole person. You want the appropriate care without unnecessary barriers and at the right time. You want the best care up front, not just a prescription for symptoms. You want to be listened to, educated and empowered to take control of your health. Ascent Internal Medicine is a clinic where we both get what we need. 

Medicine is appealing for multiple reasons. I want to know how things work, how to problem solve and of course, help and get to know you at a deep level. I insist on enjoying what I do and medical care should meaningful to both of us. I didn't become a physician to contractually sign over the ability to make medical decisions to an insurance company and work primarily as a data entry clerk. I refuse to allow insurers to compromise my ethics by financially incentivizing me to see a high volume patients and thus shortchange you. I want to practice medicine as I am trained without influence from insurers. 

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How does DPC improve quality, while lowering costs and improving employee loyalty? Watch below as these are related concepts.

According to the Oregon Health AuthorityThe overall "low value index" (the percentage of total services that are considered low value) was highest in the commercially insured population at 49%, compared with 45% for Medicaid patients and 31% for Medicare patients.

This means that 49% of the medical services being recommended to commerically insured patients is "low value care", which is expensive and can be harmful. In Direct Primary Care, the goal is to minimize unnecessary, low value care. 

Direct Primary Care

Ascent Internal Medicine is a medical clinic focused on reducing barriers to delivering appropriate medical care, at the time you need it and empowering you with knowledge to improve your health and quality of life in a transparent patient-physician relationship. 

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DPC vs Insurance

Insurers heavily encourage you to see a "preferred provider" for lower copay. But do you wonder why insurers have preferred providers? Are you really saving money in the longer term and getting the care you need?

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Cost Lowering Options

1. High deductible/HSA

2. Indemnity insurance

3. Medical cost sharing

4. Cash: a la Carte

 

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FAQs

More information to help make an informed decision. Cost isn't the only consideration when it comes to your health: consider getting care when you need it and establishing a genuine patient-physician relationship. 

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