May 5, 2017
Health care needs common sense first

I’ll Pass on the Healthcare Bills for a Little Common Sense

News broke out of Washington that a new healthcare bill passed in the House, but judging by conflicting reports nobody really knows what that means for us- the working class of America. What we really need though is a bill that passes the sniff test… one that uses a little common sense. Improving healthcare takes 3 key ingredients: Access- Better access to preventative care, screening and acute problems prevents serious complications. It also helps patients and providers make more informed decisions. The good news? Preventative care is the most affordable component of healthcare. Transparency- Patients still pay the bills, whether it’s thru insurance hikes or out-of-pocket. Therefore, patients deserve to know the REAL cost of their care. Responsibility- As my dad says, “You gotta have a little skin in the game.” When both providers and patients are more invested in their care, outcomes improve. I’m happy to report that direct […]
April 6, 2017
The benefits of Direct Primary Care

The Hidden Benefits of DPC

The medical profession becomes more complex every day. Couple that with the slew of readily available bad information, bad science and bad advice, and it can be difficult to know who and what to trust. It helps to have a trusted professional to consult for problems. The benefits of having an independent provider who doesn’t worry about insurance, corporations or hospitals may not seem obvious at first, but it really puts the patient back in the driver seat. It allows the patient and provider to focus on what’s important to that particular individual. I recall a long conversation with patient about potential cancer treatment options. That patient was considering a promising but unconventional treatment. We poured over the data over several visits, and in the end that patient decided to go with the traditional treatment with a surgical specialist. The patient is cancer free now, and I am grateful for […]
March 20, 2017
Health Insurance and Health Care Access

More on Insurance and Access

What if Someone Tried to Sell You Insurance for Gas? Well, the main purpose behind any type of insurance is to provide coverage in the event of an unlikely (and costly!) catastrophe. Take auto or home owner’s insurance as an example. You might use your auto policy to repair a wrecked vehicle or your home owner’s insurance to replace a damaged roof, but… you would NEVER use your auto policy to pay for an oil change or your homeowner’s to pay for cleaning your gutters. Those are predictable and affordable maintenance costs. If you did use your insurance to cover them, however, your insurance premiums are guaranteed to skyrocket. Hence the problem- why use it then, unless absolutely necessary? For most people, a medical catastrophe like a bad car wreck or cancer doesn’t happen every year.… In the US we have been conditioned to use our insurance cards like credit […]
February 24, 2017
Transparency in Health Care in Kentucky

Transparency- another way Direct Care is changing the game

Imagine going to the grocery store to buy ingredients for dinner… Only instead of ringing your items up at the time of purchase, your bill was submitted one month later… long after you consumed that dinner. Worse yet, imagine if that bill differed based on your mode of payment or even what brand of credit card you used. Seems like a crazy idea, but that’s the industry standard when it comes to medicine. Two similar patients can pay drastically different prices for the same service. Plus they get to wait a month or so until the final bill arrives. Fortunately, Direct Primary Care is slowly beginning to level the playing field and introduce a little transparency into medical billing. DPC practices around the country may handle their individual clinics a little differently, but the one constant is upfront, clear pricing. Many, like our own Access Med, even offer wholesale prices […]