Well, while it is great to have another Direct Primary Care practice highlighted in the press, it would be even better if they did not equate Concierge Medicine with Direct Primary Care. They are not the same!
This recent article and newscast from 8 NewsNow in Las Vegas reported that Nevada ranks 48 our of 50 when it comes to the number of doctors per population and how there are other options for medical care outside of the the traditional system. The piece then went on to highlight Vegas Direct Primary Care owned by Dr. Ati Hakimi.
“It’s quality, it’s affordable, it’s completely transparent,” the doctor explained, “there’s no hidden fees. It’s just that flat fee once a month, and people have all access to me.”
Dr. Hakimi had practiced medicine in the traditional system for the last twenty years before opening Vegas Direct Primary Care.
While it is great to have another DPC practice highlighted, it is important that Concierge Medicine and Direct Primary Care not be confused. DPC News has addressed the differences in multiple posts: 1-17-21, 2-12-21, 3-20-21, 5-18-21 and 5-25-21.
The DPC Alliance also does a great job of highlighting these differences.
Aside from the above references stating the differences between Concierge Medicine and Direct Primary , one could also just look at Vegas Direct Primary Care and Dr. Q-VIP Medicine (an actual Concierge practice in Vegas). Sometimes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The picture at the top of this post is from Dr. Q’s Concierge practice website. That doesn’t look like any DPC practice I’ve ever seen.