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

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

Health care needs common sense first

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 primary care meets all those criteria and it’s less expensive. Plus, cost becomes much more[JS1] predictable, allowing insurance to cover the big expenses (like it was designed to do.) Finally, the data is in and patients actually do experience better outcomes (check out the references):

  • 63% fewer hospital admissions [1]
  • 65% fewer emergency room visits [2]
  • 82% fewer surgeries [2]

​[1] Andrea Klemes et al., “Personalized Preventative Care Leads to significant Reductions in Hospital Utilization,” The Journal of Managed Care, Vol. 18, No. 12 (December 2012), pp. e453-e460, http://www/ajmc.com/publications/issue/2012/2012-12-vol18-n12/Personalized-Preventative-Care-Leads-to-Significant-Reductions-in-Hospital-Utilization
​[2]Leigh Page, “The Rise and Further Rise of Concierge Medicine,” British Medical Journal, October 28, 2013, p. 2, http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6465​​​

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