Howard County Direct Primary Care was established by Dr. Orsolya Polgar in 2015. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and holds a PhD degree.
The office is conveniently located at 8895 Centre Park Drive, Suite E, Columbia, Maryland. We are just off Route 100 providing easy access from Ellicott City, Clarksville, Elkridge, and Columbia.
What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care is an exciting new way of healthcare delivery in which the primary financial relationship is directly between you and your doctor. It is a patient-centered alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model where patients often feel like they are on an assembly line. In direct primary care, your doctor is motivated to keep you healthy, is not limited by insurance company restraints, or burdened with unnecessary documentation instead of focusing on you. Dr. Polgar is accessible 24/7, spends ample time to get to know you, offers individualized care, and advocates for you as you negotiate the rest of the healthcare system. All this, and much more, in exchange for an affordable monthly membership fee which may well be less than what you would otherwise spend on co-pays, deductibles, and unnecessary testing. Our prices are transparent, there are no hidden costs.
The office is currently accepting new patients. We offer a complimentary no-obligation meet & greet with Dr. Polgar. We have been steadily growing, join the practice now, before our patient panel is full.
Message From the Office
Flu shots are available. If you have not done so, please call to make an appointment to get one. They are also widely available in area pharmacies and grocery stores. Keep in mind that it takes about 2 weeks for the immunity to develop after the shot.
Uninsured? Cannot afford health insurance? Not a problem. In exchange for our affordable monthly membership fee, you get excellent acute and preventive care and management of chronic conditions. Through our affiliation with a reputable local laboratory, we can also perform laboratory testing at an incredibly low price. While, it would be more optimal to combine your membership with a low cost (“catastrophic”) insurance plan to use for specialists and hospitals, with the direct care membership you get physicals, office visits, flu shots, EKGs, etc. covered. We will also help negotiate lower prices with radiologists and find affordable medications.
Direct Primary Care vs. Concierge Medicine: The major difference between the two is that direct care physicians do not bill insurance, their sole source of income is the membership fee. Therefore, they do not benefit from excessive testing, or patients coming to the office for unnecessary visits. If insurance covers some or all of the cost associated with a particular visit, the money goes directly to the patient and not the doctor.
We recommend combining a low-premium, high-deductible (“catastrophic”) plan with your direct primary care membership. It may help you save on healthcare costs and also enjoy the advantages of having a primary care doctor who does not rush you through appointments and is available when needed (weekends, house-calls, etc.)
We also offer substantial discounts to small businesses who want to take advantage of this cost saving opportunity while making sure that their employees get excellent primary care services. Please contact Dr. Polgar at (443) 864-5503 for details.
Why Howard County Direct Primary Care?
To learn more about direct primary care, please visit the FAQ
section above or the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) website
Thank you for your interest in the practice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.