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Cooper Health introduces a new program that provides custom-tailored care for patients.

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Apr 3, 2024

Cooper University Health Care has introduced a membership-model primary care practice for individuals seeking a more personalized level of care. Patients now have the option to join Direct Primary Care for a $138 monthly fee, separate from insurance premiums. The new care model offers unlimited primary care visits without the need to bill insurance directly, access to the healthcare provider’s cellphone, guaranteed same-day or next-day appointments, extended appointment times, access to the MyCooper electronic health record system, and a variety of diagnostic services, preventative screenings, medically necessary referrals to specialists, and more.

Leading the new offering at Cooper are family practitioners Drs. James Runfola and Leonard Ridilla, who have both worked in a DPC-model office for the past five years. According to Runfola, this model can benefit all types of patients, from those with chronic medical conditions to individuals seeking access to their physician at any time of day. Ridilla added that while this model may not be suitable for everyone, patients looking for deeper engagement with their primary care physician can now receive that at Cooper. Patients who choose this model will have same-day and next-day access to their provider, as well as the opportunity to speak with them over the phone after hours.

Dr. Greg Taylor, medical director at Cooper Care Alliance, one of two physician groups operated by Cooper, emphasized that this unique model provides patients with a personalized level of care. Patients who desire more time and attention from their doctor can now receive it through this program. The launch of the Direct Primary Care program coincides with Cooper Health’s announcement of former U.S. District Judge John Vazquez joining as the health care provider’s first chief legal officer. The Direct Primary Care office is located at 89 N. Haddon Ave. in Haddonfield.

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