But between hold times on the phone to get an appointment, waiting for your appointment to start once you arrive at the doctor’s office, and spending time working through insurance claims and doctors bills – it can be quite a burden on one’s schedule.
To learn more about how a Direct Primary Care insurance plan can help employees have more time in their schedule, keep reading.
How DPC Can Save Your Employees’ Time
Ease of getting an appointment
In a traditional medical insurance model, it can be very difficult to even land an appointment with your doctor. Hope and Fears reported that 9 percent of Americans have waited two or more months to see a doctor and they also that the way traditional doctor’s offices are run is not very efficient.
Between communicating with insurance companies, doctors at the practice, other staff, and labs, it can result in a serious lag when it comes to getting a doctor appointment. This can cause a big headache for your employees as well as a delay in receiving care that they need.
With DPC, doctors take on less patients and don’t have to work through insurance companies, which frees up the bulk of their time. This makes getting an appointment on the fly much easier, and a simpler process at that.
Less time in the waiting room
There is nothing worse than waiting and waiting for long moments past when your doctor’s appointment was set to begin. Huffington Post states that the average wait time in a doctor’s waiting room was 19 minutes and 16 seconds, but those times could be upwards of a half an hour in some offices in certain situations.
This could make patients feel frustrated and also like their physician does not value their personal time, which is disheartening. CNBC also reported that the time spent in the waiting room prior to a doctor’s visit is the most stressful of the entire appointment, with 63 percent of respondents noting that as the top stressor.
In that article, 85 percent say they have had to wait anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes past their scheduled appointment time to actually see their doctor. In the DPC model, the practices committed to it take on fewer patients and don’t have the same obligation (set by insurance companies) to see a set number of clients each day.
That means that offices don’t overbook appointments, causing long and annoying wait times.
Show your employees that you value their time and give them a doctor that will, too! Set them up with a DPC benefit plan and they’ll actually enjoy going to the doctor rather than dreading it.