OCALA, Fla., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ocala physician J.D. Steed doesn't mind if his patients call him after hours. And he thinks a patient who wakes up sick should be able to see a doctor that day, without worrying about the cost of an office visit. That's why he launched Walden Direct Primary Care, a new kind of medical practice.
Patients pay a monthly fee between $40 and $100 per month for adults, based on age. That covers a wide range of medical services ranging from annual physicals to stitches to care for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Members pay no additional fees for an office visit, and there's no insurance to file. Patients may be seen as many times as needed, all covered under the monthly fee.
"I encourage patients to think of our practice the way they do a gym membership. You're paying monthly for access to health care that can take care of up to 80 percent of your health care needs," said Steed, a 45-year-old Family Medicine specialist, whose hospital experience includes Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center, and The Villages Regional Medical Center.
"Direct Primary Care practices are growing rapidly in popularity because they allow us to be available when the patient actually needs help, provide health care in the most cost-effective way, and provide the ongoing care that focuses on keeping the patient healthy and preventing major problems," said Steed.
He recommends patients still carry insurance for services not covered, such as true emergency care, hospitalizations, specialty care and expensive medications.
"Patients can get care in a number of ways. If you're on vacation and you get a rash, you can text us a photo of it. We're always here 24/7 to answer the phone and assist patients by email and text," said Steed.
Walden DPC also works with businesses who wish to offer the service as an employment benefit, he noted.
Individuals interested in additional information may visit www.waldendpc.com or call 352-619-0029. The practice is located at 1013 NE 14th Street, Ocala, 34470.
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J.D. Steed, M.D. 352-619-0029
SOURCE Walden Direct Primary Care