Welcome To Braun Internal Medicine, P.C.
Your Primary Care Provider in Pooler
My Dear Patient,
I hope this letter finds you well and in good spirits. I am writing to you today to share some important and exciting news.
You have come to know me as a caring physician who takes time with you during your visits so you don’t feel rushed. Some of my patients have told me that they switched to me from their former doctor, because they did not like being herded like cattle, or because they felt like a number rather than an individual. Unfortunately, the current healthcare system does not allow me to continue practicing that way any longer. I am having to see ever increasing numbers of patients in order to survive, which means less time to spend with each of you. There are also ever increasing bureaucratic burdens forced on physicians by government-run and private insurance companies, again taking away time that could be spent with patients.
I don’t want to let third parties dictate how I practice medicine, how I treat my patients and how much time I can spend with them. This is why, after much thought, I have decided to opt out of contracts with all insurance companies and switch to a practice form called Direct Primary Care (DPC). In this model, there will be no middle man. The relationship will be directly between you, the patient and me, your physician. No more co-pays, deductibles, pre-certifications etc. The patient pays an affordable monthly fee in return for unlimited, unhurried office visits and predictable costs.
I will also be much more accessible to you, since I will limit my patient panel, which currently comprises around 3000 patients, to only 600. You will be able to communicate with me by cell phone, text messaging, email and video conference. In most cases, you will be able to talk to me directly instead of getting a voicemail or nurse call back. I will also be able to accommodate your schedule better, since in many instances you may not even have to come to the office for a visit, but can be treated over the phone, which means you will not have to leave work or limit your other activities.
In many cases, there may also be significant cost savings for you, since you don’t have to worry about deductibles. Your healthcare spending will be predictable, since you will not have to worry about unforeseen bills by me or the insurance company after your visit. I will also be dispensing medications at a fraction of what you are paying right now, which means additional savings for you.
As of June 1, 2017, Braun Internal Medicine will cease to exist. I will open my new DPC practice under the name of Phoenix DPC. As stated above, I will limit my new practice to 600 patients. Once that number is reached I will not accept any additional patients. Therefore, I encourage you to discuss this with your family and pre-enroll as soon as possible.
Please visit my new website at www.PhoenixDPC.com, or send an email to Oliver@PhoenixDPC.com for more information.
Heidi M. Braun, MD