What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care allows you to have a direct relationship with your doctor.
Your doctor can take more time with you, and you are spared the hassle of wrangling with insurance companies.
For the equivalent of a monthly cell phone bill, you can receive direct, primary health care services that are tailored to your individual needs.
From your annual check-up to general questions about staying healthy, Direct Primary Care offers you access to care across a spectrum of health concerns.
What does the monthly membership cover?
The monthly membership covers your primary care by providing open access to our services. No more long confusing phone trees! We are much more available to you.
Feel free to visit us in our office, call us when you need us, text us, or email us.
You will be covered with your annual physical exam; up to 19 sick visits throughout the year; guaranteed same-day or next-day appointments; access to Dr. Tremblay via his personal cell phone and e-mail. E visits are also included.
You can schedule your annual wellness exam, receive basic office procedures, and optimize your health while under our care. In addition, we are currently negotiating at-cost laboratory testing, at-cost imaging services, as well as whole-sale medications. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
Is Direct Primary Care insurance? Does it replace insurance?
No it is not insurance nor does it replace it.
Insurance is an important part of specialist and hospital care. Similar to automobile insurance, our health insurance system was originally designed to pay for rare, unpredictable, and extremely expensive problems. It is essential when patients need emergency care or an operation and chemotherapy treatments, care provided by specialists and hospitals.
Can I still use insurance if I join Action Medicine?
Your insurance plans will continue to operate “as usual” at other doctors’ offices, hospitals and pharmacies. Some plans do not require a designated “gatekeeper” doctor for referrals, medications, tests, and the like, so Action Medicine can order those services as needed just as any other doctor would do. Some HMO-style plans do require an “in-network” primary care doctor for access to other services, so these plans do not pair as well with membership at Action Medicine. Please check with your insurance company.
Is there a sign-up fee to join?
Just sign-up for the monthly membership, enroll in the easy monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual payment system and start accessing great care. It’s that simple.
What is the monthly fee?
AGES 0 – 20 | $45 / MONTH
AGES 21 – 40 | $65 / MONTH
AGES 41-64 | $85 / MONTH
AGES 65+ | $105 / MONTH
Small business, family, veteran and student rates available, inquire for more information at your first complementary appointment.
To note: a membership with Action Medicine DPC does not constitute health insurance.
What is the impact on Medicare patients?
At Action Medicine, we accept patients that are on Medicare; however, we do not bill Medicare, nor can the patient bill Medicare for primary care services that we provide.
Medicare will still cover any laboratory testing, imaging, medications, services by specialists, and hospitalizations that meet Medicare program requirements and criteria.
What kind of healthcare will I enjoy as a member?
Other doctors might spend 10 minutes with you, and never get to the root of your problem. Because the insurance companies pay by number of patients seen, this encourages medical professionals to spend as little time as possible with patients, because of their high overhead and cost of wrangling with insurance companies.
Why? In a traditional primary care practice, doctors are compensated based on how they code and the quantity of patients they see. In a direct primary care practice like Action Medicine, time devoted to the doctor-patient relationship is prioritized in order ensure that the DPC doctor gets to fully know his or her patient, including important factors such as stressors, lifestyle, and exercise routines. In this way, DPC doctors are able to provide true quality care to their patients.
By cutting down on the panel size of patients from approximately 2,500 patients to 600-800 patients, doctors working in a direct primary care practice are able to enjoy unrushed time with patients; patients have easier access to appointment times that meet their scheduling needs; patients are guaranteed to see their doctor, not another provider; patients are able to reach out to their doctor via e-mail and cell phone.
These are just some of the benefits of a direct primary care practice like Action Medicine.
But doctors who truly care, like Dr. Tremblay, want to get to know you, and find out your whole medical history, as well as uncover factors that other doctors might miss. This is why we now practice direct primary care.
ACTION MEDICINE DIRECT PRIMARY CARE BENEFITS
- A direct relationship with your doctor
- Fewer patients = more time with your doctor
- Your health and wellness are the priority
- Call us at any time, email us, or text us
- Potential to save hundreds on labs, imaging, and prescription meds
- Clear and consistent pricing
- Peace of mind
Does Action Medicine see patients of all ages?
Yes! As Family Medicine Physicians, we provide care for patients of all ages and stages.
What if I decide to cancel my membership?
We understand that your needs may change, and we want to help you through whatever transitions you’re making. If you need to cancel, we would appreciate a 30 day notice. If you sign up for a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual term and decide to cancel, your remaining, pro-rated balance will be refunded without a hassle.
If you would like to re-enroll, please contact our office.
What if I need to see a specialist?
The hope is that by spending more time with your primary care physician, the need to refer you to a specialist will decrease significantly.
However, in the event that you do need to be referred to a specialist, Dr. Tremblay will personally call the specialist on your behalf in order to try to schedule an expedited appointment. Dr. Tremblay will also continue to work with specialists in the area.
What if I have an emergency?
You should call 911 immediately. As with all family practice doctors, your direct primary care doctor should be there for you-but in emergencies, every primary care doctor will want you to call 911 and go to the emergency room.
How much do labs cost?
We are still working on making arrangements with DPC-friendly labs to provide services at modest prices.
Full list to come.
Who are the people treating me?
Dr Tremblay and his nurse practitioner, Brooke Reith and staff will help you. Learn more about our team here.
How do I make an appointment?
You can call our office at 781-767-0910
To begin the enrollment process, just click here
Where are you located?
We are located at 175 North Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA, 02343 2nd floor
If you get lost, just call 781-767-0910 and we will direct you.
What are your hours?
Our Office Hours are Monday Through Friday, 9-5 PM.
Special hours by appointment.
I have a question that’s not answered here. How do I get ahold of you?
Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 781-767-0910
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
NOTE: We recommend that you do not send personal medical information via email for your own privacy and protection, but do feel free to contact us!
What are some other membership benefits?
Our members enjoy a variety of products and services that help them stay healthy. You see, we believe in preventative medicine, not just seeing you when you’re sick. We want to help you look and feel your best!
So we offer Pure Encapsulations vitamins, the most pure vitamins on the market, to help you stay healthy. See our specialties here.
PLUS, we partner with different service providers to offer classes and treatments at a low-cost or discounted rate. See who we partner with here