Direct primary care (DPC) is an innovative and personalized healthcare option that eliminates the burdens of health insurance for primary care needs. More physicians are joining the DPC movement nationwide because it truly is healthcare simplified. As health insurance premiums and deductibles rise every year, leading to increasingly greater healthcare costs to patients, many prudent consumers are seeking simpler and more economical options such as direct primary care. Dr. Payal Jhawar, a board-certified internal medicine physician in Bradenton, is the Founder and CEO of Revive MD Direct Primary Care, one of the rare practices in Manatee County to offer DPC. With a low, affordable monthly fee, Dr. Jhawar can provide quality, evidence-based medical care to members who are looking for a better alternative to current medical practices.
Dr. Jhawar had been practicing as a primary care physician in the traditional corporate medical system. She decided to make a change in 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. She spent more than a year providing medical care through telemedicine and has appreciated the value of virtual care. Dr. Jhawar believes primary care physicians, who take time to understand their patients can prevent medical complications, frequent hospitalizations, and unnecessary testing. Therefore, she decided to combine her experience in telemedicine with her passion for patient-centered, affordable primary care by opening Revive MD Direct Primary Care in Bradenton, Florida. She is hoping to restore and rebuild patient-doctor relationships through modern medicine.
Revive MD Direct Primary Care is now part of the DPC healthcare trend spreading across the nation. By adopting the DPC model, Dr. Jhawar offers unlimited office and virtual visits in return for an affordable monthly fee. Breaking away from the confines of insurance companies allows her to put the focus back on the patient, as it should be. With transparent pricing and reduced out-of-pocket medical costs, patients with no health insurance or those with high deductible health plans can save money and have direct access to Dr. Jhawar, who will be their trusted ally in improving their health. The DPC model allows Dr. Jhawar to have a limited patient panel size, thereby making prompt evaluations for her patients convenient.
Just like other DPC practices around the country, Revive MD Direct Primary Care’s monthly subscription model allows patients to see their doctor without a copay, obtain laboratory tests at discounted rates, and purchase many prescription medications in the office at a fraction of retail prices. There are no hidden fees, and no insurance is billed. Revive MD Direct Primary Care offers ease for patients, without the frustrations of long wait times to see their physician. Patients can easily communicate with their doctor, which leads to improved patient and physician satisfaction.
“Direct primary care is simply a payment model for primary care services. It allows me to prioritize patient-doctor relationships through lengthier, unhurried visits. My patients have direct access to me through several modalities rather than going through a phone tree of messages. Who wouldn’t love to have their doctor’s direct email address or phone number? Being a physician, mother, wife, and friend to many, I understand the challenges in maintaining balance and reducing unnecessary personal and financial stress. I want to help reduce healthcare costs for patients, develop strong relationships through compassionate listening and be an advocate for physical and mental well-being through exercise and food as medicine,” says Dr. Jhawar. “These things cannot be achieved in the traditional fee-for-service model where patients spend less than 10 minutes with their doctor. Therefore, I have chosen to revive those old-school patient-doctor relationships with direct primary care and help my patients get what they need when they need it.”