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 […]
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 […]
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 […]