Direct-Pay Primary Care: The Market Road To Freedom

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Beth

A growing number of doctors are finding the joy of medicine in concierge medicineDr. Rob Lamberts is just the latest to write about the freedom and satisfaction he is experiencing by a medical practice where his patients pay him directly, rather than through a third-party (government or private insurance.)  To put it in his own words: “A year into direct pay: It doesn’t suck to be a doctor anymore.”

His patients appreciate his accessibly and willingness to help them find blood work and other diagnostic tests at affordable prices. Consultants are surprised and grateful for the useful information and coordination of care he provides. Dr. Lambert is living proof that the overhaul of the US healthcare system was unnecessary – and headed in the wrong direction.

Josh Umbehr and Doug Nunamaker of AtlasMDstarted a direct-pay practice right out of residency. Adults can join their practice for $50 a month – and children are just $10 — less than the cost of cell phone service. Some diagnostics and procedures are offered at no additional cost: “EKG, Holter Monitor, DEXA Scan, Body Fat Analysis, Spirometry, Breathing Treatments, Cryotherapy, Lesion Removal, Laceration Repair, to name just a few.” Labs and medications are offered wholesale -saving patients thousands of dollars. But the best part – both the doctors  and their patients are enjoying their bureaucracy-free  interactions.


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