What is Uncommon Healthcare?
Uncommon Healthcare is Waco's first Direct Primary Care family medicine practice, a model of healthcare delivery that is highly personalized, comprehensive, thorough, affordable and convenient.
What sets Uncommon Healthcare apart from today's traditional practices?
In refusing to allow any interference with the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, we have returned family practice medicine to its core values of clinical excellence and compassionate knowledge of every patient. We are a patient-centered practice, free of the demands and distractions of third party bureaucracies.
Will I still benefit from Uncommon Healthcare even if I don’t require frequent medical attention?
Of course. We might argue that everyone benefits from a service tailored directly to them. That’s why we offer custom healthcare. Our practice is devoted to the maintenance of your good health, to the enhancement of your daily experience that only physical well-being can bring.
In wellness and therapeutic care alike, the great ally of the patient-physician relationship is time. As the months and years go by, we will build a comprehensive, intimate knowledge of your health, an invaluable understanding of you available in no other regimen of care.
Does Uncommon Healthcare accept health insurance?
No. Happily, no.
Perhaps the most critical distinction in our model of care centers on a direct, personal relationship between you and your doctor. That directness carries over to our business model as well. We forgo insurance payments in order to save our patients from the arbitrary, intrusive decisions that inevitably are imposed by third-party payors. Furthermore, this direct fee-for-services arrangement frees us from the typical contractual agreements that prevent physicians from offering reduced prices for laboratory tests, imaging, and other services to their patients.
As a patient of Uncommon Healthcare, will I still need health insurance?
Yes. It is strongly encouraged but not required. We recommend that our members continue to carry a major medical plan and strongly consider a health savings account, thereby ensuring financial help should hospitalization or referral to a specialist be necessary.
Can you help me find affordable insurance for my family or my business?
We would love to! We are working with several local professionals to assist our individual and corporate members with building cost-effective health insurance plans that compliment the care they will receive as Uncommon Healthcare members. Once more information is available, a tab titled "Insurance" will be added to the navigation bar of the website. Please check back in the near future for additional information regarding this service, which is included as an additional benefit of your membership.
If I have Medicare, can I still be a member of Uncommon Healthcare?
Yes. You need only sign a waiver declaring that neither you nor your DPC physician will directly bill Medicare for the services we provide you as a member. Medicare will still cover laboratory tests, imaging studies, medications and referrals requested by our office in the traditional manner.
What happens if I need to go to the hospital?
At Uncommon Healthcare, we work very hard to prevent hospitalizations by providing excellent access and attentive, comprehensive and high quality care for our patients. Regardless, sometimes hospitalization is required. In these instances we rely on those caregivers with the most experience in inpatient care to manage your treatment.
Can my children become members of Uncommon Healthcare?
Yes, of course! As a family medicine practice we embrace the opportunity to care for the children (birth through 19 years of age) of our enrolled parent members. At this time, we are not able to provide routine vaccinations but strongly encourage them and will happily work with you to establish access for vaccination services.
Can I contact my physician after hours? And how?
Because illness and injury do not respect regular office hours, you may contact your physician should the unexpected occur. You will be provided the after hours contact information of your physician upon enrollment as a member.
Are my medical records or health information ever shared with insurance carriers or governmental agencies?
We maintain scrupulous standards of privacy. Because we do not participate in commercial insurance or government plans, we are never obligated to provide any third party with information about your or your medical history, unless you specifically ask that we do so.
How will I know if Uncommon Healthcare is right for me?
You are invited to schedule a visit to discuss your needs, a visit that is free and unconditional. It is the only reasonable way to begin what, we trust, will be a long, productive relationship.