Malta doctor excited to try different approach for patient access

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What if the next time you need to see your doctor, you can pick up the phone and connect with them immediately? If you need a follow-up visit, you can get in right away. That’s the hope of a new practice opening in Malta – a direct primary care practice.

Sooriabalan Medical in Malta will officially open later this month. It’s one of the first direct primary care offices in the area.

It is run by Dr. Dan Sooriabalan, who has been practicing medicine since 2007.

Sooriabalan recently left a health care network to pursue this newer approach to patient care.

Through this direct primary care approach, Sooriabalan does not accept insurance. It’s a flat rate – a monthly payment – ranging between $80 and $120 a month depending on age. The fee provides unlimited office and telemedicine visits.

Sooriabalan highly recommends patients still have health insurance for emergency care.
The monthly fee ends up actually being more cost-effective than paying co-pays and office fees for doctor visits, Sooriabalan said.

Learn more about what inspired Sooriabalan to start this practice, and what he hopes patients get out of it by watching the video of Subrina Dhammi’s story.