Let's Talk About Direct Primary Care

In October Mesquite, Dr. Mike Gorman will offer direct primary care (DPC) to his patients. The direct primary care

Dr. Mike Gorman

Dr. Mike Gorman

model provides better health outcomes and significant savings for both the physician and patient.

Delayed payments by insurance companies and minimal payments by Medicare have increased physician administrative costs. This forces many physicians to increase their case loads to cover expenses. This reduces the time they can spend with patients. In an interview with the Mesquite Citizen Journal (MCJ), Dr. Gorman said that the direct primary care model will allow him to reduce his patient load from 3,000 to about 400.

According to Direct Primary Care organization (http://www.dpcare.org/) DPC patients stay healthier longer, avoid costly emergency room visits, hospital stays and specialty care. Healthier patients subsidize a reduction in Medicare costs,” according to the organization. With a reduced patient load, DPC physicians spend more time with patients thus “helping to prevent and manage expensive chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension,” according to dpcare.org.

A DPC practice is the patients primary care provider. Patients visit the DPC practitioner for all routine primary, preventive and chronic care. Patients pay one low monthly fee. Dr. Gorman plans to charge $68 per month for single, and $125 a month for couples. Seniors (65 years and older) would pay $58 per month. A family, with children under 26-years-old would pay $158 per month.

Eliminating the expense of insurance reimbursements, approvals, deductibles or co-payments, reduces the stress on the patient and allows the physician to deliver high-quality personalized care.

A typical patient under DPC keeps an insurance plan to cover emergencies and serious illnesses. Covering routine procedures allows patients to consider a less expensive insurance plan.

Dr. Gorman holds a Pharmacy degree from the University of Utah and a medical degree from Still University in Missouri. He completed a family practice residency at St. Mary’s Hospital/University of Colorado in Grand Junction, CO. He practiced as a pharmacist for 3 years, private in Grand Junction for 7 years, then private practice in Logandale for 4 years. He joined Mesquite Medical group June 2012. In October, he will locate in the Mesquite Women’s Clinic with Dr. Edward Ofori. “We don’t be in practice together. I’ll just have my office there,” Gorman told the MCJ.  

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  1. wholeck says

    I believe the most important part of Dr. Gorman’s practice is his accessibility.
    From the Mesquite Citizens Journal:
    “Patients who commit to his medical practice will have direct access to him by email and his Web site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They will also have direct cell phone access to him seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.”
    This is great news for Mesquite and for those who are proactive with their health care.

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  2. Joan says

    It is great as long as people know that they still ned some other type of insurance to pay for additional tests and hospital visits. That seems to have been omitted from the article.

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  3. Kit says

    Joan: Mike did mention the insurance “A typical patient under DPC keeps an insurance plan to cover emergencies and serious illnesses. Covering routine procedures allows patients to consider a less expensive insurance plan.”

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  4. Rudy Moertl says

    I guess that how the US has always reduced the patient load…by not offering any insurance like Medicare.etc..

    From 3000 to 400 ??? Where are ur other 2600 patients going?

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  5. Kit says

    This is a great solution for a small town like Mesquite. I’ll be retiring and moving permanently to Mesquite in a couple of years and don’t know how I’ll deal with the medical insurance. My company has already dropped insurance coverage for retirees and has talked about dropping it for active employees in 2015 (thanks Mr. Obama). I don’t want to drive to St. George or take the trek to Vegas, so this is the perfect solution for routing care. If the doctor orders lab tests or x-rays, maybe the provider will offer a discounted price for paying cash rather than giving them the extra work of filing an insurance claim. But one should still have some type of medical insurance, as stated above, to cover emergency or serious health issues (or lab work if necessary). If a person is in good health, this seems like the best and most economical way to get local care.

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