The Benefits of Direct Primary Care for Small Businesses
Direct primary care (DPC) is growing in popularity for individuals and families looking for affordable access to a personal physician, but did you know it can also be a great option for small businesses?
Many small businesses owners cannot afford to offer traditional health plans to their employees (or even themselves!). The plans available have high monthly premiums and high deductibles, making them an unattractive option. Offering a direct primary care membership is an affordable way for small businesses to offer health benefits to their employees. Here are some of the benefits of a DPC membership for small businesses:
Recruitment and Retention
Many job applicants will weigh benefits when making their employment decisions. To attract and retain high-quality candidates, offering a health benefit can make a huge difference! A direct primary care membership gives your employees more than just health "coverage," they get actual care from their own personal physician. For more complete coverage, you can pair the DPC membership with a health share community such as Sedera or Zion or a catastrophic insurance plan to help your employees pay for any big health expenses that their DPC doctor can't handle, all at a fraction of the price of a traditional insurance premium.
Employees who have access to high-quality primary care from a doctor that knows them are more likely to be up to date on their preventive healthcare needs, so they are less likely to get sick or end up in the hospital. If they do get sick, they will have direct access to their doctor so they can be treated and get better sooner. Many direct primary care practices also offer virtual visits and secure text messaging, so many visits can be handled virtually. If they do need to be seen in person they won't be sitting in the waiting room waiting on a doctor with a packed schedule- they will be seen at their appointment time. This means your employee doesn't need to take off hours of work at a time just to see the doctor, they will be well taken care of and back at work in no time!
Healthy, happy employees are less distracted and more productive at work. By providing your employees with access to their own personal physician, you are helping them to take care of their mental and physical health. This will allow them to perform at their best on the job.
Healthy Work Culture
By investing in your employees' health with a direct primary care membership, you are showing your employees that you value them as people, not just as workers. This creates a culture of support and wellness within your organization. Workplace culture is incredibly important for the bottom line of any company as it impacts employee turnover rates, absenteeism, and productivity A healthy work culture will create a sense of motivation and loyalty in your employees that will pay off now and in the future of your company.
If you are interested in offering a unique and valuable health benefit to your employees, Vida Family Medicine can help. As a direct primary care practice that serves patients of all ages, we can help care for small business owners, their families, and their employees. Please contact us to learn more and we will be happy to schedule a free consultation to structure a customized plan for your business.