Hi everyone! The blog is back after a break for some upgrades. Thanks for checking back! “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Hopefully this reference is not lost on the Gen-Xers, Xennials and Millennials. (Spoiler alert: It’s from the Wizard of Oz). In the movie, the Wizard turns out to be an old man hiding behind a velvet curtain. He operates an oversized hologram head with many bells and whistles, while the entire city of Oz believes him to be a powerful Wizard. In our country, this paints the perfect analogy of the health insurance industry. The industry has strayed far from its “insurance roots.” In fact, like the man behind the curtain, it has done an excellent job (and spent a lot of money) convincing us that health insurance is an amazing deal that saves a lot of money. In reality, modern health insurance […]
For those who like to skip to the end of the story… in KY your risk of any tick borne disease is pretty low and most infections can be treated with a single dose of antibiotics. The best thing to do is wear insect repellent before you go out. For the whole story, check this out: A quick internet search for tick borne infections, particularly the Powassan (POW) Virus, will have you thinking this is an epidemic doomed to destroy the whole country. Fortunately history suggests this may not be the virulent killer everyone fears. The POW Virus has actually been around warmer climates in Europe and Asia for decades. It is thought to have originated in far eastern Russia 70 years ago. While it can cause a serious infection called encephalitis, most patients infected with the Powassan Virus actually will not develop encephalitis. The statistics paint a clearer picture: […]
Is subscription based medicine the solution to America’s healthcare crisis??? We think so at Access Med, and apparently lots of folks agree. Just take this example we see frequently: 9 year old falls and cuts himself playing outside at 7:00pm. Mom calls his provider. Mom gets immediate first aid instructions, then we arrange to meet promptly at the office to repair the laceration. All covered as part of the monthly subscription. When you imagine an ER bill for a similar encounter, it’s pretty clear why this growing practice style improves access and lowers cost not just for individuals, but potentially for the whole country. That’s why you are hearing calls from senators, congressmen and leaders like Tim Price (the sitting Secretary of Health and Human Services) to expand Direct Primary Care. We could not agree more, and we have big news coming soon for Lexington, KY.
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 […]