Frequently Asked Questions
What is Direct Primary Care (DPC)?
Direct Primary Care, or 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.
Is concierge medicine the same as Direct Primary Care?
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. They choose to work directly with the patient, providing wholesale labs, deeply discounted prescription prices and other costs savings along the way.
What sets Mindful Medispa & Mediclinic apart from other practices?
We have cut the red tape of bureaucracy. The restrictions that typically leave physicians in a traditional healthcare setting buried in nonsense paperwork are lifted through Direct Care, allowing us to spend our time where it really counts - with patients. In refusing to recognize any interference with the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, we have returned family practice medicine to its root values of clinical excellence and compassionate knowledge of every patient. In every aspect of family healthcare and custom healthcare, we promise accessibility, convenience and affordability.
Will I benefit from Mindful if I don't require frequent medical attention?
Do you accept health insurance?
No. Happily, no. This is perhaps the most critical distinction in our model of care centers on a direct, personal relationship between you and your doctor. That directness carries over to our business model as well. While the tender mercies of an insurance company might apply to the fixing of a damaged fender on your automobile, we see no reason for any insurer to have a voice about either the quality or the cost of your family’s care. We forgo insurance payments in order to save our patients from the arbitrary, intrusive decisions that inevitably follow with third-party payors. Furthermore, this direct fee-for-services arrangement frees us from the typical contractual agreements that prevent physicians from offering wholesale prices on laboratory tests, imaging, and medications.
As a patient at Mindful, will I still need health insurance?
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. We’re happy to refer you to insurance representatives who can help customize an insurance plan to your specific needs.
Can you help me find affordable health insurance for my family or business?
Absolutely. We’re fortunate to work with industry leaders in health insurance who build custom plans that remove much of the waste and inefficiency from a typical, bloated policy. We can help to save families nearly $1,000/month and many businesses up to 50% while providing a higher level of care.
Do you accept HMOs, Tricare Prime, or Medicaid?
We are not Medicaid, HMO or Tricare providers. If you have this type of insurance, only your assigned primary-care provider may make referrals and order tests for you. Because we are not compatible with Medicaid, HMO or Tricare plans, we may not be able to provide the administrative support you may require. We can work out cash prices for most laboratory, imaging and specialists consults. We can also try to work with your assigned primary care provider and make recommendations on appropriate studies and referrals but we cannot guarantee they will follow our recommendations.
If I have Medicare can I still join Mindful?
Yes. You need only sign a one-time waiver declaring that neither you nor your doctor will directly bill Medicare for our services. Medicare will still cover any laboratory testing, imaging, medications, or hospitalizations prescribed by our offices.
Is my membership tax deductible?
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.
Can children become members?
Yes. We are happy to accept the children (birth to 20 years of age) of our enrolled clients. At this time, we are not able to provide routine vaccinations for young children but we will happily work with you to arrange these.
What if I need to go to the hospital or see a specialist?
In providing superb care with unprecedented 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.
Can I contact you after hours and how?
By all means, yes! Because illness and injury do not respect regular office hours, you may call us any day, at any hour. We invite you to arrange for home visits (schedule permitting). If you prefer, you may also text or email me. It's how we do custom healthcare.
What if I need medical attention when I'm away from home?
Naturally we provide such care – yet another freedom we enjoy together as a result of Mindful Medispa & Mediclinic's independence from the restrictions of third-party payment. Because we know you well, we can streamline your care when you’re sick away from home. Many illnesses can be diagnosed and treated with a simple conversation by phone, email, text or webcam. We’ll locate the nearest pharmacy and order the medications most appropriate for your circumstances.
Are my medical records ever shared with insurance carriers or pharmaceutical companies?
We maintain scrupulous standards of privacy. We are never obligated to provide any third party with a copy of your records unless you specifically ask that we do so.
How will I know if the providers/staff of Mindful are right for me?
Come get to know us! Schedule a complimentary visit to discuss your healthcare needs. It’s the only reasonable way to begin what we trust will be a long, productive and healthy relationship.