Lotus Family Practice in Falmouth is one of about five direct primary care practices in Maine. Instead of going through insurance companies to get paid, doctors rely on a monthly fee from patients to pay their salary.
Dr. Catherine Krouse started her practice about a year ago.
“When I finished residency I was really disappointed in the prospects of primary care. It’s got one of the highest rates of burnout in the medical industry, and I just didn’t feel I could practice in a way that would stay true to my values.”
Krouse says she felt that way until she found out about the “Direct Primary Care” model. She says the biggest benefit of her practice is that since she’s not relying on insurance companies to get paid, she can have fewer patients and spend more time with them.
They all have her cell phone number and is available by email as much as possible.
“I don’t think medicine is about fixing people, I think it’s about empowering people to lead healthier lives. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself if you support it and you treat it well,” Krouse said.
Krouse says her practice offers all the services of a regular primary care practice, including discounted prescription medications. Krouse offers yoga classes and other wellness programs.
Krouse is holding an open house on Wednesday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.