What does the membership plan include?
Your membership covers all primary care services in our office. Procedures may have small costs for supplies. Additionally, we can provide a large amount of care and care coordination by phone,
email and text, including virtual visits when appropriate. We are available to discuss urgent concerns nights and weekends when needed. We are working hard to create a practice where you can access us when you need us, without having to jump through multiple hurdles! You will enjoy greater convenience and peace of mind, and may also find a reduced need for visits to specialists and the emergency department.
Who does this membership plan work best for?
Patients desiring easy and direct communication with their doctor
Patients who want a doctor to address the root cause of illness, not just treat the symptoms
Those who want to participate in improving their health and staying well
Those with high insurance premiums, high-deductible health plans or no insurance
Self-insured businesses seeking to provide their employees with affordable health care and improved well-being, while simultaneously reducing everyone’s healthcare spending
What happens if I’m admitted to the emergency room or hospital?
Emergency room visits and hospital admissions for serious medical problems are stressful and often confusing for patients and their families. Direct communication with someone who knows you and your medical history can be critical at these times. Marquis Family Medicine will contact your emergency room physician and/or anyone providing care at your request during your hospitalization to make sure they have the most accurate and up-to-date information they need to treat you. Some admissions may benefit from my presence at the admitting facility. This will allow for better coordination of care based on your personal needs. As your health care advocate, we will communicate with you and your loved ones.
We will also be in the best position possible to provide your post-hospital care.
Do you make home visits or nursing home visits?
Yes, I do. I appreciate that it is often difficult, painful, and even expensive to get to the doctor’s office.
Distance and circumstances permitting, I will see patients in their home or nursing facility for medically appropriate situations. Our decision is made on a case-by-case basis. Our practice has a “Home Bound Plan” exclusively for patients who are home-bound or in a nursing home.
What if I need a specialist?
As your Family Medicine doctor, my comprehensive training allows me to handle most of your healthcare needs. However, in the event that you do need to see a specialist we will help you find the right doctor and coordinate your care. Our referral process may include direct physician-to-physician consultation prior to your appointment so that your specialist knows exactly how s/he can help us improve your health.
After your specialist visit, we will follow up to discuss any questions or concerns you have,
and arrange additional testing if needed.
What if I need urgent care?
If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.
A family member or caregiver can call us later so we can be in contact with the emergency room.
For urgent problems that are not emergencies, you can contact me anytime! In many cases,
I can diagnose and treat your need without a visit to the ER. In fact, private medicine has been shown to result in fewer ER visits for members because we can discuss your medical needs any time of the day or night, and you know you can see us the next day.
What if I need medical attention while I’m away from home?
You can speak with me wherever you are. I will help diagnose and treat any medical conditions that can be done by “virtual visit.” If you have a condition that requires in-person evaluation and treatment, I will direct you to appropriate, nearby care, and coordinate follow-up when you return home.
What if my doctor is on vacation?
As a member of Marquis Family Medicine, you are never alone. Even when out of town, I will still be
available by phone for your urgent needs. If I am not available, I will always have another trusted physician available to assist you for any urgent matters or to be seen in the office.
Can you see me if I have Medicare or health insurance?
Absolutely. Our healthcare model is particularly well designed to handle the more complex medical issues and medication management often associated with older patients. We can spend the time necessary to manage chronic disease and optimize your health and wellness.
Medical insurance is necessary for patients in the event of an unforeseen catastrophe. Still, many people are finding they can lower the cost of their total medical care by combining a high deductible health insurance plan with a membership based practice thus making private medicine quite affordable. Expect your insurance to pay for lab tests, mammograms, x-rays, durable medical equipment (DME),
and specialist appointments. My services will be covered in the membership fee.
Do you have discounts?
We offer a 10% discount for payments made annually and referrals.
The best part of our membership is, there are never any co-pays or deductibles to meet.
Can joining Marquis Family Medicine actually save me money?
It is expected that many patients will save money at our practice because
we can handle the vast majority of your health issues and concerns.
Our practice is part of a growing movement called Direct Primary Care.
Studies show that this model of care can lead to:
Reduced need for more expensive testing
Reduced need for unnecessary medications and specialty referrals
Reduced likelihood of emergency care or hospitalization
Saves money and provides overall better care
Savings on labs and imaging
Fewer specialty referrals
By switching to a higher deductible, lower premium plan,
we can actually help many of our patients save money.
We also have negotiated deep discounts with local labs and radiology providers
for our patients who choose to pay cash for these services.
Additionally, you shouldn’t have any hidden costs or bills that come to
you after-the-fact from the office or insurance company.
Will I still benefit from a membership even if I don’t expect frequent medical attention?
Absolutely. Our focus at Marquis Family Medicine is on preventive care, lifestyle modifications, screenings and risk assessments. We want to identify and prevent disease before it starts, concentrating our efforts on long-term health and wellness. We listen carefully to you to understand how your life, work and family may
be affecting your health. Together we create a personalized plan to achieve and maintain your
optimal health and goals. Advanced diagnostic tests can help us identify risk factors and health
issues before they cause disease, saving you money, time, suffering and higher costs in the long run.
Unlike the traditional practice environment, we have the time to deliver this type
of comprehensive and detailed care.
What if I want to end my membership?
You are welcome to cancel your membership at any time.
We ask that you provide a 30 day written notice.
A refund may be paid at a prorated rate.
How do I become a member?
Click the "Appointment" button at the top of the page.
Choose a day/time and schedule a new patient visit.
Click the "Forms" button. Print and complete the patient agreement forms.
Bring your forms with you to your appointment.
Call or stop in and speak with our team. We are here to assist you with the
paperwork or any questions you may have.
Please remember that space is limited and we accept members on a first-come, first-served basis.
Once we fill all available slots, we will add your name to our waiting list, so we encourage you to act quickly.
Still not sure?
Call, text or email to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.
We are happy to provide you a tour of our facility and to have a
personal meet and great to discuss your goals.