Frequently Asked Questions
WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR A MEMBERSHIP?
You will have longer face-to-face time, better communication, and no wait times. In addition to in person visits, you will be able to text, email, or call me with any questions. My focus is keeping you healthy!
In the FreedomDoc membership model, patients are free to talk to their doctor whenever and wherever they need them, with no extra costs. This significantly increases access to a doctor, and decreases the cost to the patient. Being able to talk to your doctor when you need them has tons of benefits.
I have chosen a Direct Primary Care membership model because it is affordable to the patient and allows me to care for my patients (whom I love!) in the best way I know how.
WILL I SAVE MONEY?
The only change is that I have partnered with resources that may save you additional money if you would like to pay out of pocket, rather than submit to insurance. For example, I have partnered with labs, imaging centers, and a prescription wholesaler for dramatically lower cash-based pricing. If you decide you would still like to submit to your insurance, you are welcome to do so. I can provide you with those options that allow you to make the right decision, based on your situation.
HOW DO I COMMUNICATE WITH YOU?
HOW ARE OFFICE VISITS HANDLED?
WILL YOU ALLOW ME TO SEE YOU WITHOUT SIGNING UP FOR A MEMBERSHIP?
HOW MANY PATIENTS WILL YOU SEE?
WHAT ABOUT LABS, IMAGING, AND PRESCRIPTIONS?
Through my national FreedomDoc network, we have partnered with local companies that provide my patients deeply discounted labs and imaging, as well as wholesale savings on medications. If you decide you would still like to submit to your insurance company, you are welcome to do so.
WHAT IF I NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL?
CAN I USE MY HEALTH INSURANCE?
DO I STILL NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
WHAT IF I HAVE AN HMO PLAN, SUCH AS TRICARE PRIME?
HMOs, such as Tricare Prime, require an in-network provider to order referrals and tests, and any DPC practice would be considered out-of-network. Switching to a PPO option, such as Tricare Standard, is the recommended solution.
WHAT IF I AM ON MEDICARE?
Medicare offers a low baseline of primary care services and typically makes it hard to gain personal access to a primary care physician. My practice is excellent for the Medicare patient who values having unlimited access to a primary care physician that knows them. My Medicare patients pay practice fees directly, but Medicare coverage remains in place for everything else: specialists, testing performed outside of our office, and hospitalizations. Your Medicare will also cover lab services I prescribe as these are performed by an independent lab affiliate. I can still refer, write prescriptions, and fully act as your primary care physician.
CAN I PAY WITH MY HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT (HSA)?
IS THERE A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT?
HOW DO I JOIN THE PRACTICE?
WILL I BENEFIT FROM VICTORY FAMILY MEDICINE IF I DON'T REQUIRE FREQUENT MEDICAL ATTENTION?
We can prevent things from happening instead of waiting for them to happen. This means fewer emergency room or urgent care visits.
There is nothing standing in the way of talking to your doctor. You can call us, see us the same day or next day, or simply ask a quick question via text or email.
Over time, we will have a comprehensive understanding of your unique health requirements. If you need frequent medical attention, we will know your medical history and how to best treat you. Every patient deserves to have the type of personalized, direct access care that Victory Family Medicine provides!