BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Instead of relying on traditional health insurance, the Byja Clinic in Baton Rouge is a direct primary care practice.

“It’s old school medicine and cuts out the middle man, and gets back to patient and doctor. Patients pay a monthly fee directly for services,” said Dr. Byron Jasper, who owns the clinic.

The plan covers unlimited medical visits, and those visits can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour if needed.

“Longer visits equals better quality of care, and those appointments start on time. Many times, people are concerned about spending hours at the doctor’s office, with some people taking off of work when they schedule appointments. That is not the case at the Byja Clinic,” said Dr. Jasper.

Services also include labs and prescriptions. The clinic offers some medications at the time of in-person visits to provide more convenience for patients.

The membership fee depends on the person’s age, but could range from $40 to $150 a month.

That said, some of Dr. Jasper’s patients still have traditional insurance.

Multiple families said they’ve saved $500 a month with direct primary care and a less expensive high deductible plan for other medical expenses.

While critics argue that direct primary care doesn’t cover specialists or hospital stays, Dr. Jasper says he typically spends up to an hour with each patient and because of this, most cases don’t require a referral.

Dr. Jasper explained his reasoning in this regard, saying, “In the old system of fee for service, you’re having to refer because you don’t have enough time to delve into what’s wrong with a patient. If I have a 15-minute visit on the chart, but I’m behind two hours because I had so many patients, how well will I get to know what’s going on with you when I only had 10 minutes to get into your problem?”

For more information about Byja Clinic’s services, interested individuals can contact Dr. Jasper and his team at (225) 320-5090 or send an email to byjainfo@byja.org