Birmingham Direct Primary Care

Birmingham Direct Primary Care

FAQs

Do you take medical insurance?


 
No we don’t take insurance.

We spare you the hassles of insurance and deal directly with you. This allows all costs of care to be transparent, enables Dr. Sahinoglu to spend more time with you, saves you money, eliminates waiting, and allows direct access to the doctor.

Do I need to keep my insurance?


We strongly encourage everybody to maintain at least a catastrophic insurance plan, a major medical plan, or a health-share plan to cover products, services, and procedures not offered at Birmingham Direct Primary Care.

I have insurance already. Why should I pay you?


Because it’s all about out-of-pocket expenses.

On top of your insurance premiums, you’re also paying co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles that are, for the average patient, more expensive than our monthly membership fee.

Does Birmingham DPC offer prescriptions and labs?


 
We provide many prescriptions and labs at deeply discounted wholesale rates.

Many patients (even those with insurance) tell us the savings on their medication and lab work is more than their monthly membership fee.

And because we dispense medication and draw blood in our office, you save the one thing more valuable than money: time. No more standing in long lines at the pharmacy, or in waiting rooms at the lab

Does Birmingham DPC offer imaging?


No. But we have contracts with select vendors that provide greatly reduced self-pay rates. Examples of these rates include an X-ray for $50, CT for $225, MRI for $450 (including the radiologist reading).

If you have insurance, you can opt to use it for imaging procedures. But if you have a high deductible, it’s usually more affordable to skip insurance and pay directly at our discounted rate.

How do referrals work?


When you need specialist attention, we’ll work with them and coordinate every aspect of your care. Our membership fee covers any and all interactions between Dr. Sahinoglu and your specialist team(s).

If you don’t have insurance to cover specialist fees, we can usually negotiate affordable direct-pay rates so you can be seen by the doctors you need.

What if I live on the other side of town?


In many cases, patients don’t need to visit our office. Without insurance mandating visits for payment, patients can often interface with Dr. Sahinoglu via phone, text message, email, or video conference.

And for the times when it’s necessary for a physical visit, the drive across town will often be much less than you’d spend in a traditional clinic’s waiting room.

Can I see some examples of savings?


Sick patient texts Dr. Sahinoglu Saturday night. Patient is evaluated in clinic Sunday morning, administered shot and dispensed medication. Had the patient gone to an urgent care facility, the cost would have been $125-175. (Not to mention the hours saved from not waiting around to be seen by a doctor).

Patient X paid $0.03 per pill for blood pressure and acid reflux medication. A thirty day supply of each totaled less than $2 – which was a $73 savings over what they paid before.

Patient Y paid only $5 for lab work that had previously cost hundreds of dollars after insurance.

What does Birmingham DPC offer to small businesses?


 
The scope and access of what we offer has many powerful results:
  • Higher productivity.
  • Healthier employees.
  • Fewer missed work days.
  • Higher employee satisfaction.
  • Overall lower healthcare claims.
  • Lower worker’s comp claims.
  • Lower ER visits & hospitalizations.