Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Health Care Reform Innovation and Savings to End, Curent broken Free market to expand.

As I've been posting here, health care providers and insurers are exploring new ways to improve care and treatment outcomes, as a way of cutting the costs. With the prospects of defunding reform or flat out repeal, innovation will bow to profits once again, and fewer people covered. Take this interesting approach below:

What if doctors' offices were like the gym: pay $50 to $150 monthly and come as often as you like -- without insurance? It's already available

Thanks to a little-known provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as health care reform, beginning in 2014 a new type of medical practice will be allowed to compete within state-based insurance exchanges. They're called direct primary care practices or "medical homes."

By eliminating insurance companies from the health care equation, these practices promise to lower the cost of medical care by up to 40% -- according to some experts -- the amount sucked up by insurance company profit and overhead.

The way it works Rather than paying an insurance company every month for health coverage, you cut them out and pay a doctor or group directly. It's like a gym membership: You pay every month whether you go or not, but you can go as often as you want, whenever you want.

No insurance, no deductible, no paperwork, no bill. The cost: $50 to $150 per
month, depending on your age.

See what doctors and patients are saying about direct primary care in the video below, then meet me on the other side for more.

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