Frequently asked questions
What is Direct Primary Care?
With DPC membership do I still need insurance?
What if I don't have insurance?
IdealAccessMD would be a good place for you to receive all of your primary care needs at a low monthly fee. This is regardless of your insurance status! We do recommend low cost, high-deductible insurance for rare things like surgeries, true emergencies requiring ER or hospital admissions and illness such as cancer.
Is this Concierge Medicine?
Not exactly. While the two types of models are similar, they are not synonymous. Generally, in a concierge practice, the patient typically pays a higher retainer fee plus other health insurance plan obligations (e.g., co-pays, out-of-pocket expenses) and the practice continues to bill the patient's insurance carrier. In DPC, we do not bill insurance. We also charge a lower monthly fee.
How can Dr. Hyder promise to spend so much time with her patients?
Traditional practices have thousands of patients in their panel. DPC practices limit their panels to an average of 500-800 patients. This translates to fewer daily patient interactions and an opportunity for the physician to really get to know their patients as individuals, not just a disease.
Will I benefit from IdealAccessMD even if I'm healthy and never see the doctor?
Do you charge additional fees for people who have a lot of health problems?
Our monthly membership fees are the same price for every patient within a given age group, regardless of pre-existing conditions. Some labs, tests, and procedures may cost extra but we will provide wholesale pricing on these. People with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease are great candidates for a DPC practice as these are the patients that need lifestyle modifications and close follow up the most. You can be seen frequently by the doctor without having to worry about co-pays and long waits between visits or in the office. We can work on monitoring you closely for lifestyle changes that could make a huge impact on your health.
What if I need to see a specialist?
Your primary care doctor should be able to cover 85% of your healthcare needs via preventive visits, consistent follow up and targeted treatment. At IdealAccessMD, we have the ability to have longer visits to truly discuss your health issue. We also have the time to research your concerns in depth. Your membership also includes e-consults with specialists through RubiconMD in an effort to decrease the need for formal referrals. This connects your doctor with a specialist in 4 hours on average versus the 4-6 week typical wait time. Of course, if you still need to be seen by a specialist, we will refer you.
Do you prescribe “regular” medications?
Yes. Dr. Hyder is a fully licensed, board certified Internist. She is able to prescribe medications directly to your pharmacy. She is also maintains a small in house pharmacy that covers a range of “typical” medications that she can fill for you at the time of your visit. The cost of medications is not covered in your membership but, as a rule, she is able to provide them at significantly discounted pricing.
Are there any contract commitments?
We will charge you the equivalent of 3 months’ membership if you have received an annual comprehensive exam and then decide to cancel. We ask that you commit for a year at a time. If you decide to cancel early, we request a 30 day notice in writing. At that point, you cannot rejoin our practice for 1 year and would need to go on our waiting list. However, we absolutely understand that life circumstances can dramatically change for the worse, and we will do what we can to help you.
What are the benefits of membership with IdealAccessMD?
Along with unparalleled access to your doctor, we strive to maintain a model of medicine that sees you as a whole person. Lifestyle stress takes a toll on even healthy individuals. At IdealAccessMD we are committed to working with you to managing stress and bringing balance to your life. For example, we have created a unique space for classes and the practice of meditation and yoga right in our clinic. We are planning monthly lectures with topics that our patients have requested to learn more about. And we are working with ancillary health providers in the area to bring you discounted access to their services. You don’t have to be “sick” to come see the doctor! You can come to learn more about staying healthy! Isn’t that a revolutionary idea?
Does Dr. Hyder take time off?
Yes. She will typically take 3 weeks off every year to recharge and rest. She will address her patient’s routine needs (ongoing visits, immunizations, medication refills) prior to leaving. If an urgent need arises, we will connect you to one of her trusted colleagues in the area for further guidance and direction. Additionally, she will generally be checking emails wherever she happens to be.
What do you NOT do?
We do not carry narcotics in our office. We also do not provide prenatal care (obstetrics).
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