I think this trend would work well with restructured health insurance — make it like car insurance. Doesn’t matter where you live, you can be covered by AllState if that’s your choice. Pick a health insurance carrier and keep them your whole life, if that’s your choice. Or switch any time. It should have nothing to do with your job.
Healthcare could be a commodity that you just don’t have to think about.
This would be a HUGE boon to those of us that live rural. If I need emergency medical care, my VA is over an hour away. I’m going to the hospital ER that’s 20 minutes away and I’ll worry about fighting it out with who pays for what...if I’m still alive!
Getting shots and maybe a throat swab or treatment for a minor gash at a Walgreens or CVS makes total sense. Annual exams, diabetes checks, etc.
We are also looking into a local Doctor that has set up practice the ‘old fashioned way.’ She charges a flat fee for her services and doesn’t deal with insurance companies at all. You pay cash or put it on your CC.
I’m sure Mother Government and her Big Insurance Lackeys will be shutting her down soon enough. :(
Surgery Center of Oklahoma - online prices, flat fee structure
Posted on 9/1/2020, 9:39:21 AM by AggregateThreat
The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is a 32,535 square foot, state-of-the-art multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City, owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologists in central Oklahoma.
The facility has been accredited by the AAAHC since 1998 without interruption and has annually provided care to thousands of patients.
If you have a high deductible or are part of a self-insured plan at a large company, you owe it to yourself or your business to take a look at our facility and pricing which is listed on this site. If you are considering a trip to a foreign country to have your surgery, you should look here first. Finally, if you have no insurance at all, this facility will provide quality and pricing that we believe are unmatched. Providing High Quality Care at Affordable Prices
It is no secret to anyone that the pricing of surgical services is at the top of the list of problems in our dysfunctional healthcare system. Bureaucracy at the insurance and hospital levels, cost shifting and the absence of free market principles are among the culprits for what has caused surgical care in the United States to be cost prohibitive. As more and more patients find themselves paying more and more out of pocket, it is clear that something must change. We believe that a very different approach is necessary, one involving transparent and direct pricing.
Transparent, direct, package pricing means the patient knows exactly what the cost of the service will be upfront.
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But isn’t much of this still subsidized care? still largely insurance run/govt funded?