Blog How to find a healthcare provider: Direct primary care in your area
Healthcare is on everyone’s mind these days. If you don’t have it, you worry about getting sick. If you do have it, you worry about the quality of care you receive. COVID-19 forced us to change our priorities and made us focus on ourselves more than ever before. But do you know how to find a healthcare provider—and how to know if you’re making the right choice?
The first thing you need to look at when choosing a direct primary care office is the location. Is there an office close by that can care for you on short notice? Do they offer telehealth services when they are closed or when you are unable to get into the office? These are important questions to consider because, when illness strikes, you don’t want the added worry of locating an office and traveling a distance to get help.
EBO MD has four locations in Southeast Missouri as well as 24/7 telehealth services, ensuring our members have easy access to healthcare whenever they need it. Members aren’t tied to just one location, and a same- or next-day appointment is just a phone call away.
Chances are you wouldn’t hire someone to make repairs in your home without doing a little research into the quality of their work. So why would you choose a doctor without doing the same? Ask around, do some research online and ask questions. Word of mouth remains the best marketing tool for any organization, and at EBO MD, our members continue to rave about the quality of care, price point and overall healthcare experience they enjoy with us.
You are an individual. Your age, gender, life experiences and medical conditions have all shaped the way you feel about your body, your health and your interactions with healthcare providers. As you think about what you need from your healthcare provider, consider whether the practice can accommodate any disabilities or any other special needs you may have.
Do you experience anxiety or mistrust in a medical setting because you have survived domestic abuse, sexual assault, racism, war or trauma of another kind? Are you uncomfortable leaving the house due to a compromised immune system? Do you need a healthcare provider who is well informed about special health challenges presented by some physical limitations?
Keep these and any other questions you may have in mind when selecting a direct primary care office and talk openly to a prospective provider about their experience dealing with these kinds of challenges.
Let’s face it—healthcare is expensive. In 2020, around 31 million Americans were uninsured, and this number is expected to continue to increase over the next few years. The high cost of insurance is the main reason many of those people,—or more specifically, 73 percent of those people—chose not to insure themselves or their family members. Fear of medical debt keeps individuals from seeking costly healthcare when they need it, and illness keeps those same people from working, resulting in a loss of income. It’s a vicious cycle, and if the pandemic taught us anything, you should never risk being around others while sick.
EBO MD is a membership-based healthcare office, offering in-office consultations, testing, surgery and other procedures without copays or deductibles. Our simple access to direct primary care and affordable medication makes better health a possibility for residents of Southeast Missouri.
EBO MD is not insurance coverage. We encourage patients to maintain some level of health insurance to help cover the costs of medical care that they receive from medical providers or facilities outside our practice.
If you have questions about how your existing insurance policy will work with direct primary care, contact your insurance provider.