Direct Primary Care: being a partner in your own medical care

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Dr. Michael J. Gorman opened a new type of medical practice in Oct. 9: new for Mesquite, at least.

What sets this apart from other medical practices in this area is the type of doctor-patient relationship this model of practice offers.

Gorman describes Direct Primary Care as “concierge medicine for the masses.” Direct Primary Care maintains a constant framework of individualized health care.  The doctor and patient reconnect and have direct contact. They can set up a program that works to the patient’s advantage.

This is made possible through monthly memberships, much like a gym, but without a long-term contract, Gorman explained earlier this month in an interview with the MLN

Gorman said he will no longer deal with health insurance companies. This will free up the time he needs to practice medicine the way he feels benefits the patient’s needs.  His practice offers same day or next day office appointments, 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week cell phone access to the doctor, e-mail, website on-line, and house calls.

House calls?

“Yes. If you are too sick to come to the office and to avoid a visit to the ER, I will on a case-by-case basis come to you,” Gorman said.

Gorman’s Direct Primary Care is not his own invention, but part of a growing nationwide trend in personalized primary patient care. Gorman is taking memberships to his practice now.  Membership fees range from $58 for seniors 65 and older, $68 per younger person and  $126 to $158 for families.  The membership fees run month to month without a long-term contract, and include many in-office tests and procedures.

Gorman can be contacted in his office in Suite 2, 1301 Bertha Howe Ave., or by calling 702-427 0540, and on-line (www.mydrgorman.com) for an enrollment packet.

Gorman is a certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Member American Academy of Family Physicians, and Board of Directors Nevada Academy of Family Physicians.

Gorman’s medical background goes back 22 years. He earned a pharmacy degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1991.  He worked as a pharmacist for three years before entering medical school at Still University in Kirksville, Mo., in 1994.

He then completed his residency in Family Medicine with the University of Colorado St. Mary’s program in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2001.  He was then in private practice in Grand Junction for seven years before opening his own solo practice in Logandale  in 2008.  He started Direct Primary Care of Mesquite in 2013.

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