Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PPC?•

Patient Physician Cooperatives (PPC) was established in 2005 as an organization of patients, physicians and member representatives, with two clinics in Houston, TX. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 60 clinics which are geographically dispersed throughout the Houston area and beyond, including clinics & employer groups in Arizona, New Mexico & Oklahoma.

In 2011 PPC of Portland was formed by PDX citizens and volunteers interested in making a positive impact on the health status of the uninsured in Oregon. PPC of Portland is a non-profit Oregon Cooperative that is managed locally, with over 100 participation providers, including both tradition & alternative care. Monthly meetings are open to ALL members & interested parties.

How is the PPC different from insurance?

Patient/Physician Cooperatives (PPC) is a comprehensive healthcare system, starting with a group of physicians, health practitioners and patients working together to provide access to affordable, basic health care. Contracts for medical services are made directly between the patient and physician members. By creating this comprehensive system, incorporating medical discount programs & a variety of Association Group or Employer Sponsored insurance plans, we have effectively eliminated the red-tape that acts as a barrier to providing patients with high quality care. Unlike most insurance companies, PPC has no exclusions for age, income, or pre-existing conditions.

What services do you offer?

The PPC provides a variety of health care services for an affordable monthly fee.

Our basic membership includes a prescription drug discount card ( good at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide ), patient advocacy services, and access to our full provider network at reasonable ( Medicare equivalent ) rates.

For those members who want a more personal level of care, PPC offers members all the benefits of our basic membership PLUS 1 or more Primary Care Providers. An affordable monthly fee gets you a number of no-copay visits per year. Primary Care services are provided on a 12 month contract DIRECTLY with your selected provider.

PPC also offers ACA “Obamacare” compliant insurance plans and affordable GAP coverage through association group purchasing, employer sponsored ERISA plans, and partnerships with ACA-exempt cost-sharing ministries.

Each PPC Cooperative has their own benefits & services for their area.  Visit your location’s website for more information.

•What is primary care?

One focus of the PPC is continuity of care. We encourage our members to develop real relationships with their providers. This allows members to seek out healthcare before their issues become critical. Your Primary Care Provider offers services such as annual exams, general health & wellness, & management of chronic conditions.

What types of providers do you have?

The PPC provides members with access to a wide variety of services, from primary care to licensed specialists & wellness affiliates. Our Primary Care Providers specialize in traditional western medicine, integrative, alternative & holistic care ( including MDs, Naturopathy, Chiropractics, Acupuncture & more! ). We also have specialists such as dental, vision, mental health & women’s health/midwives.

Like your existing provider? Don’t see the type of provider you’re looking for? Tell us about it! Help us help you. Contact our Provider Services Representative at (866) 549-4199 or info@patientphysiciancoop.com and start recruiting!

Do I need to pick a provider?

No! Many members choose to remain at the basic membership  level. You still have access to our entire network of Providers at reasonable ( Medicare equivalent ) rates. And, if you happen to find a provider that you like, you can sign up for Primary Care Services right there in the clinic!

What if I need a specialist?

The PPC has an excellent group of specialists for in-network referrals, and we’re constantly expanding. You can see any of our provider members for reasonable ( Medicare equivalent ) rates. If you need to see a specialist outside of our network, our patient advocates will work with you to bring your costs down to medicare rates.

What is patient advocacy?

One of the basic benefits of PPC Membership is patient advocacy. In the event of an emergency room visit or hospital stay PPC will act as your mediary and negotiate with you and for you, after the fact, to bring down the bill to medicare equivalent rates.

What are my membership fees used for?

Basic membership fees go primarily to support patient advocacy services, maintain our provider network, hold informational meetings, etc. However, your Primary Care monthly payments go directly to your provider!

That sounds great! How do I sign up?

CLICK HERE to apply on-line RIGHT NOW! Or contact Member Services at (866) 549-4199 or e-mail  membership@patientphysiciancoop.com for more information.