In the last decade or so, medicine has suffered more than ever; not from lack of progress, but from unconscionable greed of corporations and insurance companies that have permanently and irreparably altered the landscape of how clinical care is delivered today. As a result, physicians spend less time with their patients and more time documenting to satisfy their payers.
Empathy and compassion are all but absent from the delivery of care today in an office setting where a Doctor or a health care provider has to see between 20-30 patients a day.
I do not personally believe that one can deliver the best possible care when hurried; when a provider is on the clock and monitored in so many ways to ensure that he/she remains "productive". As a result of being rushed, providers sometimes end up making poor quality and more costly decisions than would occur otherwise.
Who is benefiting from all this?
Certainly not you, the patient.
Why has this become acceptable, the norm?
Because the alternatives are few and far between.
The cost of health care in the US in 2016 was 3.4 trillion dollars equal to the GDP of Germany the fourth largest economy in the world. Do you feel you are getting your money's worth? Something has to change…With direct primary care/concierge medicine, we, since there are now more than a thousand health care providers all over the United States who offer this alternative, want to lower the cost of care and paradoxically believe it or not, also improve it.
I want to use this alternative to see you in your time of need, not just when it's convenient. I want to see you when you are well, to plan ahead, to avoid or prepare you for adverse health consequences related to lifestyle or simply kismet. I want to treat you as if you were my own family, with respect and honor. I want to comfort you when you need it and reassure you every step of the way. I am your partner in health. I only win if you do!
"Do one thing every day that scares you." --Mary Schmich
Doing this on my own really scares me.
In my heart of hearts, I feel I was born for this.
Perhaps because I never stop asking questions and because I refuse to be limited by a fixed system of beliefs. But most of all because I love what I do. It is what makes me who I am. Medicine is not just my occupation. It is my vocation.
I am 57 years old and have 32 years of experience practicing medicine. I was born in Karachi Pakistan and received postgraduate training in the United Kingdom. I am a member of the Royal College of Physicians, London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, an internationally valued professional distinction. I am board certified in internal medicine, through the “American Board of Internal Medicine”.
I am passionate about what I do, and I take great pride in it. I practice the old-fashioned way, listen first, examine next and investigate last. Letting you down, feels no different than letting myself down.
We can see you either the same or the next day when you are unwell. Our goal is to avoid unnecessary Urgent Care or ER visits if possible. You will spend less time waiting and more time with your doctor.
I will take the time to listen to your concerns and address them to the best of my ability.
Most services provided in our office are included in your monthly fee. No copays for office visits.
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Direct Primary Care is primary care without the baggage. Patients pay a monthly or annual fee which will cover all the services provided in my office. For further information see dpcare.org
A one-time enrollment fee of $300 to get started with the program. Otherwise, for a two-hour one-time-only consultation, the fee is $500. The time will be used to review your history from all available records prior to your in-person visit and thereafter a limited but relevant exam, and finally to discuss your diagnosis and offer or suggest management. Depending on your complexity one visit may or may not be enough.
Ages 17-44 $60 per month
Ages 45-64 100 per month
Ages 65 and over $140 per month
The monthly or annual fee includes a maximum of 20 office visits per year. Most procedures that are done in the office are covered by the fees, please see services section for a detailed list services. There are no copays for office visits.
No, we do not bill any insurance and you are not able to charge your insurance for anything done in the office either. I do, however, recommend that you carry insurance to use for labs, imaging, specialist/ER/hospital visits, etc. Even if I am not in your insurance network, unless you have an HMO plan or Providence insurance, I can also still order labs, Xrays and refer you to specialists, etc as long as they remain in network. If you do not have insurance, you can still join for a monthly fee. That being the case, I can offer you low cost labs and imaging if you do not have insurance or have insurance with a high deductible.
Yes, however I will not bill Medicare for my services, and you cannot bill them for my services either. You will also be required to sign a waiver stating that you agree to not bill Medicare for services provided in my office.
You can cancel your membership at any time, which will be terminated at the end of the last calendar month paid. If you have paid for the whole year and decide to cancel, you are eligible for a refund for the remainder of your term. There are no charges for cancellation of membership.
Please also see "What does it cost to join your practice?" FAQ for more details.
Yes, I am accepting new patients ages 17 and up. Please click on the "Send Us a Message" tab here to send us an email that you are interested in joining. For patients not previously known to me, I would like to schedule a "meet and greet", to ensure that we can meet your expectations.
Please click on the "Send us a Message" tab here to be added to a list and we will contact you to schedule your first appointment.
If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. For non-emergency questions or concerns you can call, text or even better email me. I will try and respond the same or the very next day.
For non-emergency needs I am available at a reasonable hour by phone or email. I can even prescribe medications if needed, which you can pick up at a pharmacy near you, wherever that may be (within the United States).
No, you are not able to pay your membership dues with the above-mentioned plans. Please be advised to discuss this with your insurance carrier or your employer. Having said that you can use these plans to pay for your labs, imaging, and medications. Please click here for more information.
Click the following link to review our "Patient Agreement Form".
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P: 541-359-3770 / F: 541-359-3722
2840 Crescent Avenue, Suite 500
Eugene, Oregon 97408