CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – A little more than a year ago, Katy physician Dr. Thanh Taylor decided she was tired of jumping through the hoops of constant changes in insurance rules and regulations – changes that rarely benefited the doctor or the patient. In order to better serve her patients – those with insurance and those without – she opened a practice based on the Direct Primary Care model. Her practice, Foundation Primary Care, is now thriving at 5423 E. 5th Street, Suite D, in Katy.
“It is an agreement directly between the patient and the physician with no middleman,” said Dr. Taylor, explaining the Direct Primary Care model. “We agree on a monthly fee and services.”
The monthly fee is based on age and ranges from $10 to $100 per month. The fee covers office visits, phone calls, and use of the Patient Portal on the Foundation Primary Care website. Extras, such as lab work, shots and other services, are offered at low costs. Dr. Taylor treats patients ages 2 and older.
Dr. Taylor says her patients who do have insurance many times have such large deductibles that they prefer to pay the smaller fee than go through their insurance, which raises the cost. She says patients who have already met their deductible will often choose to use their insurance for payment.
Any work that Dr. Taylor cannot perform in-office is taken care of by local labs for a low fee that Dr. Taylor has arranged with the lab.
If a patient is in need of a specialist, Dr. Taylor has an online tool that allows her to consult with a specialist at no cost to the patient.
“That initial consult can be very valuable,” said Dr. Taylor. “It could be a simple fix and not waste the patient’s time or money. That’s an added benefit.”
If an in-person visit is needed, Dr. Taylor will recommend a local specialist.
The low cost of Direct Primary Care isn’t the only benefit of the model. Patients have more one-on-one time with Dr. Taylor, less waiting for appointments and exams, and easier access to Dr. Taylor when issues arise.
“I have very few patients that actually come into the office a lot, as things are taken care of by phone,” she said. “We can do phone consultations for quick follow-ups on lab results.”
Patients can also send secure messages on the Patient Portal, and upload information such as blood sugar and blood pressure readings. Dr. Taylor monitors the numbers and will call the patient if she feels the current treatment needs adjustment.
“It goes back to how simple taking care of your health can be with a family physician,” she said. “You are seeing a physician with direct one-on-one contact, and it takes the frustration out of taking care of your health.”
Dr. Taylor grew up in Alief and graduated from Alief Elsik High School, got her bachelor’s degree at the University of Houston and then her degree as Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.
Dr. Taylor received her Family Medicine board certification after completing her training at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Katy has been home to Dr. Taylor since 2001, where she lives with her husband and the youngest of her three sons.