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513 SW 156th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170
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In today’s healthcare environment, where figuring out insurance policies and getting access to doctors seems to become more impersonal and transactional day by day, Direct Primary Care (DPC) aims to be the change. Have you heard of this new concept? This innovative healthcare model is rapidly gaining traction in Norman, Oklahoma, among other areas, as it offers a more personalized and direct relationship between patients and their primary care providers.

Direct primary care is a patient-centered model that simplifies the approach to primary healthcare. By eliminating the insurance middleman, DPC allows physicians to focus solely on the patient. Under this model, patients pay a flat monthly fee that covers most primary care services, including consultations, visits, and basic procedures, which, in theory, leads to better access to care and more comprehensive health management.

One of the most significant advantages of direct primary care is the enhanced & direct access it provides patients to their healthcare providers. With traditional practices juggling thousands of patients, individual care can become rushed and impersonal. DPC practices significantly reduce their patient load, which means they have way more time for each patient and less waiting time for appointments. This model not only improves the quality of care but also increases patient satisfaction by fostering a stronger doctor-patient relationship.

Worrying over bills

DPC eliminates the unpredictability of healthcare costs as well. The flat membership fee covers extensive services and removes the hassle of copays, deductibles, and unexpected medical bills. This transparency is appealing to many patients who prefer to know exactly what their healthcare spending will be without surprises. It’s important to know that this relationship & monthly retainer typically don’t cover any additional services outside their office, such as MRIs, major procedures, or hospitalizations, so having a plan for that is something to consider.

The impact of direct primary care extends beyond individual patient interactions. Communities where DPC is prevalent benefit from having healthier populations due to the proactive management of chronic diseases and better preventive care. This model encourages a shift from reactive to proactive care, emphasizing the overall wellness of patients rather than the episodic treatment of illnesses. Oklahoma is seeing a shift in more of us caring about our health and wellness, and wanting to care for our whole person, inside & out. That’s why we love this concept & wanted to share it with you! 

One such practice that embodies the essence of direct primary care is Dr. Amanda Wright’s Harmony Health in Norman. Dr. Wright, inspired by the potential of DPC to profoundly impact patient care, transitioned from a traditional medical practice to establish her own DPC clinic. Her practice provides an array of services under the DPC model, including acute and chronic care management, wellness visits, and even minor procedures, all without the interference of insurance.

Amanda Wright, MD

Patients of Harmony Health enjoy not only vast health benefits and personalized care but also significant savings on basic medications and lab work due to Dr. Wright’s commitment to pass wholesale savings directly to her patients. Her practice showcases how DPC can redefine primary care, making it more personal, accessible, and affordable.

Direct Primary Care represents a significant shift in the approach to primary healthcare. It prioritizes patient care over paperwork and profit, reflecting a return to the foundations of the doctor-patient relationship. For those in Norman and beyond, practices like Dr. Amanda Wright’s Harmony Health exemplify the successful implementation of this model, offering a hopeful glimpse into the future of healthcare that is both compassionate and effective.

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Amy Singleton is a contributing author and online editor for Whirlocal South OKC, Moore, and Norman. She’s the host of the Queen Lead Podcast, a motivational & marketing keynote speaker, and the CEO at HITE

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