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  • Direct primary care offers a market solution to doctor shortages

    10/12/2016 12:52:16 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies ^ | October 7, 2016 | By Kathy Hoekstra
    A few weeks ago, patients of Dr. Chad Savage received an alarming email. The Brighton, Michigan, primary care physician told them that because of skyrocketing medical costs such as “expensive medications, crushing doctor bills and double digit insurance premium increases,” he would have to raise his own office rates. By…. $0. “Yup! That’s right. Nothing! Zero, nada, zip,” his note said. As a direct primary care (DPC) physician, Savage — not insurance companies or government regulators — sets his own rates. His patients pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to office visits and free in-office testing and procedures. And...
  • What Meatballs Are Like Around the World

    03/03/2014 12:23:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2014 | Erik Mathes
    If you polled a large group of international eaters on what makes the perfect meatball, chances are you’d get more impassioned answers than you ever imagined. Whatever meatball criteria you held sacred before posing this query will undoubtedly be called into question, as you’ll have hordes of enthusiasts riled up trying to convince you that their take on the savory morsels deserves permanent placement at the pinnacle of mythical Meatball Mountain.
  • What If No Doctor Will See You?

    12/14/2013 5:56:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 79 replies ^ | December 14, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    At this point we have no idea how many people will become newly insured under ObamaCare. For the first year out, the number of people with insurance may actually go down! But the administration's goal is to insure an additional 30 million people and eventually a lot of those people will acquire health plans. When they do, the economic studies predict that they will try to double their use of the health care system. Adding to this increased demand will be new mandated benefits. The administration never seems to tire of reminding seniors that they are entitled to a...
  • Concierge Medicine -- The Future?

    10/27/2013 12:54:09 PM PDT · by crusher · 31 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 10/27/2013 | Kathleen Stinson
    Dr. Neal Mogk thinks he has found a better way to manage his medical practice that improves the service he provides to his patients. Dr. Mogk, a board certified family practice physician, has decided to change his Beaver Street Family Practice to what he calls a “concierge-style” that, by reducing his patient roster, will give him more time to spend with each one. “I will be able to get to know my patients better,” he said. He said not everybody wants “aggressive” or interventional care. For example, some people with an aching shoulder might want to be treated with therapy...
  • As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Doctors are Opting for “Cash Only” Clinics

    08/23/2013 1:23:49 PM PDT · by NCjim · 71 replies ^ | August 16, 2013 | Ben Swann
    Physicians across the country are attending seminars that teach doctors how to start their own direct primary care practices. Direct primary care practices take no health insurance, only cash. In a recent survey conducted by the DPMA Foundation, 2 out of 3 doctors say they are “just squeaking by or in the red,” and 83% say they are “thinking about quitting the business.” With the looming threat of Obamacare, many doctors are planning to ditch the traditional business model for a more simple and straightforward one. Dr. Jerome Aya-Ay from Palmetto Proactive healthcare in South Carolina uses the “Direct primary...
  • Rise in concierge care draws scrutiny

    05/11/2013 2:37:53 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/09/2013 | Ali Gorman, R.N.
    When President Obama unveiled the Affordable Care Act, he said, "You won't lose your doctor." However, thousands in our area say they are because their doctors are changing their practice. The doctors are switching to a concierge or boutique medical practice. --snip-- Dr. Lazowick says he wanted to get back to the reasons he became a doctor, which was difficult with the way healthcare is going. He says, "I was on this conveyor belt where I was treating a problem moving to the next." Dr. Lazowick is not alone. Many primary care doctors are taking this route. And the pace...
  • My doctor considering going to "concierge" service

    04/16/2013 3:15:05 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 85 replies
    04/16/2013 | Self
    Got a survey on behalf of my physician. Now, I've been a patient for over 25 years. But from the sound of the questioning, he is considering closing his primary care operation and going to a concierge, cash-only physician operation ("Royal Pains" style, if you're familiar with the tv show). So, if he does, he'll have the cream of the local populace, and us who rely on private insurance and Medicare will be looking for another doctor. Just another thank-you to Obama-care.
  • High-End Medical Option Prompts Medicare Worries

    04/02/2011 7:35:22 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 20 replies ^ | April 2, 3011 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Every year, thousands of people make a deal with their doctor: I'll pay you a fixed annual fee, whether or not I need your services, and in return you'll see me the day I call, remember who I am and what ails me, and give me your undivided attention. But this arrangement potentially poses a big threat to Medicare and to the new world of medical care envisioned under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The spread of "concierge medicine," where doctors limit their practice to patients who pay a fee of about $1,500 a year, could drive a wedge among...
  • The Concierge of the Battlefield

    12/12/2006 5:58:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 430+ views
    Both having served their country from Viet Nam to Iraq, Marine warriors Col. (ret.) Jack Holly and Lt. Col. (ret.) Ollie North briefly enjoyed a few moments together during North’s recent visit to the USACE-GRD LogisticsMovement Control Center. BAGHDAD -- “That’s what we are. That’s what we do. We are the concierge of the battlefield,” affirms Jack Holly, the still erect postured, retired Marine colonel. “When travelers require something while staying in hotel to whom do they go? The concierge of course! Thus, that is what we are to this effort here in Iraq. If something is needed we provide...

    07/23/2006 2:42:46 AM PDT · by Hostage · 70 replies · 2,669+ views
    Physicians Practice ^ | July/August 2006 | Nancy J. Morgan MD
    Nearly five years ago, my husband and I left a university clinic practice to explore ways to spend more time with our patients. Denied the right to provide services to my patients because the patients' insurer did not deem it necessary, we felt we were losing personal control of the practice of medicine. Much of my practice was women's care, and the idea of providing comprehensive women's care in 12-minute visits was absurd. Furthermore, to maintain an "efficient" patient flow, my schedule was typically filled weeks in advance with physicals and Pap smears, so that acute care was frequently shunted...