So simple it's revolutionary
It's a new concept but it's simple. The Direct Primary Care ("DPC") business model was pioneered in 2009 and is now legally enshrined as a unique model of healthcare delivery. The model is similar to how a gym membership works. You join the practice and come as often as you like, with no visit fees. We're happy to provide care in person or remotely via secure video chat, text, email, or a phone call. While we don't take insurance, you'll find that our rates are lower than most deductibles, making Sana Vita Health an economical choice as well, especially when paired with a high deductible plan that lowers your premium so you can save your insurance for when you really need it. We can also accept FSA and HSA payment options.
How to schedule a visit
To become a member, enroll online in minutes. Once you're a member, simply contact your doctor or health coach directly by text, phone, or email any time you need anything, whether it's an appointment, a question, or a medication refill. No visit fees, no co-pays, no deductibles, no surprises. Office hours are currently Monday through Wednesday 9am to 4pm and will expand as the clinic grows. Some issues may be able to be handled outside of that time frame if it's during the day, such as refills or even quick telemedicine visits such as UTI symptoms, poison ivy rash, etc, depending on availability. Have an urgent question on a Saturday? Text your doctor. If I'm not busy, I'll get right back to you.
How to get labs, medications, imaging studies, and referrals to specialists
We don't want to make medications, labs, and imaging a source of income, so it isn't. Our only source of income is our professional services. Anything not included in your membership fee will have up-front, transparent pricing.
Certain medications that you might take temporarily, such as an antibiotic, are often dispensed in the office at wholesale prices at the time of diagnosis. Long-term medications can be had at essentially wholesale prices using GoodRx, or you can use your insurance (we used to offer in-house dispensing but now that GoodRx has taken off they can beat my true wholesale price about half the time, and the rest is within a dollar or two). Blood can be collected by your doctor and a courier will take it to a local lab, again for much less money than you'd think. Imaging is performed locally through Iowa Radiology or the Iowa Clinic and we'll charge you the actual cost they charge us -- or you can use your insurance.
In many cases, we can avoid a physical referral by making use of RubiconMD, a renowned eConsult service. And just because we don't take your insurance doesn't mean we can't refer you to a specialist who does. Like at any other doctor's office, we can refer you to whomever you'd like to see. We are also actively building our own network of specialist partners who will see you on a cash basis at discounted rates if that's the route you'd prefer to go.