I believe that many doctors are tired of the interference and the paperwork of insurance and Mediscare.
My doctor went to this several years ago. The up-front cost was more: ~ $1800/yr and you had to maintain your health care plan. You got a comprehensive physical, more one-on-one time (he was cutting his patient load), and a copy of your complete medical records on a diskette. The upfront cost was not covered by your healthcare plan. I believe you could pay for it out of your HSA. The physical included a whole series of tests. After that you used your healthcare plan for normal office visits. It was geared toward seniors.
I switched doctors because I thought the upfront cost was excessive.
There’s a lot to be said about the combination of direct pay for the smaller stuff, and medical tourism for the larger stuff.
...and the Dems win though, as they will have totally torn apart our medical system.
Is this the guy who called into Rush thursday?
Why can’t DRs like this have their insurance ‘system’ qualify as a policy one now MUST have?
And if you buy a 5000.00 deductible catastrophic policy at 500.00/mo for a family of four, plus the 100.00 or so he’s charging concierge, that’s way better coverage.
so about 38 yrs ago....I know, a long time ago...I went in to the drs...got examined....got labs....got some meds....for $8....that was it....
This “concierge” is a ripoff. My doctor wants 600 patients to pay $180/month. That’s $1.3 million per year, plus office visit fees pushing it to over $1.5 million. I bet he doesn’t make that now plus he can get rid of 3 of 5 staff.
Basically they are asking for us to pay more for care were supposed to be getting all along.
Apparently some talk show hosts and literature are pushing the Medical Concierge Services. Their benefit is why sit a crowded medical waiting room with illegals, welfareits, and other undesired. Go to a Medical Concierge Service Dr or group.
The going rate for Medical Concierge Service Docs has been around $150 to $200/month, often paid in quarterly or yearly in advance.
Now, we are hearing that some MDs in the Stanford Palo Alto Area are charging $1000 to $1500 per month.
This past week, a couple of friends of my wife, who had been going to a female MD who only sees women, for $150/month were told that starting in 2014, that MD would be charging $1700/month paid in advance on a quarterly basis. This MD would deduct 10% if her patients paid for a year in advance. All payments are due the 15 of the month before services.
We are hearing of even higher fees in upscale East Bay areas, Stanford areas and of course Gay Frisco.
Do the simple math to realize how much a Medical Concierge Service MD can bring in at the rates above.
Then, we can figure out that most good MDs will opt out of Obozo care and become a Medical Concierge Service MD.
I'd happily pay the $300/mo. to my doctor and save the other $900+ I'm currently paying for family health insurance through my employer (total $1200/mo.)
It's freaking nuts that I'm paying just over $14k/year for health care insurance and that's before I meet another $2k out of pocket deductible requirement!
My damn' health care insurance doesn't pay a dime until I've incurred my out of pocket deductible, then only pays 70% of the cost. I have to pay the remaining 30% since all my doctors now BILL ME for the portion the insurance does not pay.
I know one thing's for sure: the health insurance company is making a mint off me and providing shit back in services. It's a flipping rip-off as-is ---- and ObamaCare is only going to make it much, MUCH worse!
This approach makes great sense for family doctors. but will soon be outlawed.
Doctors are best qualifies to run health care. But The Hag Former Speaker of the House thought she knew more than doctors. The HMO Act which has been a gold mine for parenting insures owning them either need to be closed down or their litigation exemption revoked.. Next thing needed is Tort Reform in relation to health care. Not a single Democrat in congress ever mentions that. Federal Mandates, Unethical Lawyers, Idiot Jurors, and Private Insurers also owning HMO's have drive cost up beyond what can be afforded.
Who is the main backer of Obanationcare? Follow the money. Who stands to make the most money on Obamainationcare? HMO's parent companies. Nest to our elected leaders who protect insurers profit margins who is the most corrupt? Insurance companies operate many times under allowed practices that would get any other corporation shut down. Insurance in many aspects including health care is indeed now legalized government mandated extortion.
OMG!!!!! a private medical market place, who’d a thunk it possible to work?????
strike back at the nanny state & the crony-capitalist insurance giants
get “accident” insurance to cover medical needs from accidents and reduce “health insurance” to “major medical” and “catastrophic” issues, and get the rest into a “monthly doctor plan” or a health savings account
medical markets will respond with cost savings for the responsible and penny-wise health care consumer