WHAT IS TAILORED MD?
Tailored MD uses an innovative model of care known as Direct Primary Care (DPC). In this model, doctors are paid by their patients rather than through insurance companies and governmental payers. DPC is rapidly growing because it offers better patient health outcomes and greater satisfaction. I created Tailored MD because I believe all people should have access to better primary care, even those who can’t afford concierge pricing.
DOES DIRECT PRIMARY CARE WORK?
Ok, maybe this isn’t a ‘frequently asked question’ but it should be! Think about it, in the conventional model of medicine, providers are paid “fee for service” which means they aren’t paid unless you’re sick and walk through the door. That means the medical system is strongly encouraged to manage disease rather than cure. Trust in the medical system is at an all time low and it is no wonder why. Let's cure diabetes and get you off your medications. Let’s cure your cholesterol and get you off your statin. “Patients enrolled in a DPC program have 59 percent fewer ER visits, spend 30 percent fewer days admitted to a hospital, are referred to specialists 62 percent less, and have 80 percent fewer surgeries.” Your health improves when you are in control rather than your insurance company.*
DO I STILL NEED INSURANCE?
While insurance is not required to be a patient with Tailored MD, we strongly recommend that our clients carry a medical plan which is important in case of hospitalizations or specialist visits. We accept all patients, including uninsured, privately insured, medicare, and cost sharing programs. We just don’t bill these third parties.
WHY WOULD I JOIN TAILORED MD IF I ALREADY HAVE INSURANCE
As you are probably already aware, insurance is a rip off in terms of value in primary care and chronic disease management. You often pay high premiums for plans with high deductibles and co-pays only to be told who you can and can't see in your “network”. In 2015, despite having insurance, “employees will pay an average of $2,487 in out-of-pocket costs”. Many people save money changing over to direct primary care. With Tailored MD, by offering two memberships, you are even more likely to find the right fit for your needs.**
CAN I CONTACT MY PHYSICIAN AFTER HOURS? AND HOW?
Absolutely. When you register, you will have access to Dr Clements’ personal cell phone and email. Expect a level of care you never even imagined.
I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND. IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?
Let talk about it. I’d love to meet up to talk or even video chat. Send me a message here and we will get back to you to schedule a free meet and greet - no risk, no expectations. I just want more people to learn about this new, better way to experience healthcare!
WHAT HOSPITALS DO YOU GO TO?
You go to the hospital of your choice. We will communicate closely with your hospital staff during your time there and can even visit while your in the hospital to facilitate coordination of care.
DO YOU GO ON VACATION? DO YOU GET SICK? WHAT WILL I DO?
I plan on spending four weeks a year on vacation and we will work together to plan around this whether that means continued phone access during vacation or a relationship with a nearby practice for you to be seen for urgent needs. Also, I don’t get sick - just kidding, coverage will be the same.
* How Direct Primary Care Can Save Money and Boost Employees’ Health. The Olson Group.
** Employees pay more out of pocket for health care. CNNMoney (New York).