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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