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MARY ROWLAND  Chances are good that some of your clients have been spending long nights on the phone searching for health-care coverage after their plans were dropped by their insurers. What can you do to help?It’s probably time to look more closely at what is called “concierge medicine service” or “direct primary care,” among other […]

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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 medicine. Dr. 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 […]

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Dare To Start Making Decisions Based On Your Health, Not Your Financial Status

By Lisa Brody 02/04/2014 – Our lives are ruled by sets of transactions and the choices we make. When we want something to put on our feet, we can shop at Payless for passable black shoes. Or we can head on over to Neiman Marcus for a pair of Prada pumps or black loafers. In need […]

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Welcome to Zappos-Style Health Innovation

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s effort to revitalize downtown Las Vegas includes last month’s launch of a new clinic, run by Iora Health and spearheaded by physician Zubin Damania. Stanford-trained, Damania also happens to rap by the name of ZDoggMD. So it’s no wonder the project has drawn attention. But there’s another unusual aspect to this […]

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Senate Committee Advances Measure To Allow Health Care Without Insurance

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee has advanced legislation that seeks to codify in state statute the ability for doctors and patients to do business with each other directly without an insurance company functioning as a third party between the two. “This bill is patterned after legislation in the state of Utah,” explained Rep. […]

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Incorporating Concierge Medicine into My Cosmetic Surgery Practice

  Concierge medicine is a model of providing medical care in the office setting that has taken on many different meanings over time. The genesis of this new model developed after years of declining reimbursement, forcing doctors to see more patients for less time, just to cover overhead. To reverse the trend, some primary care […]

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Partners in Care: You And Your Doctor Today

The idea came to Linda Nash some time in the second hour of lying on a stretcher in a Bozeman, Mont., emergency room hallway with two cracked ribs. “I was in a lot of pain,” she says. “I started thinking: ‘What is wrong with this picture?’ ”While vacationing in the Rocky Mountains in June 2003, […]

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Roanoke Co. Doctor’s Office Posts Prices For Cash-Paying Patients

You go to a store where there are no marked prices on the merchandise. You get what you want, or maybe just what you need. You agree to pay an amount that remains unknown. A month or two later, you get the bill. Crazy as it may seem, that is essentially the payment structure for […]

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Have Scalpel, Will Travel: Alberta Surgeons Operate Abroad To Bypass Wait Times

Patient pays $40,000 to get knee replacement in Turks and Caicos Retired nurse Marlene Driscoll spent the holiday season celebrating a different kind of gift: a brand new knee, delivered by her Calgary surgeon at a private hospital in the Caribbean. The December surgery came with a hefty price tag of about $40,000 for the […]

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Are We About To Face A Severe Doctor Shortage?

By John C. Goodman, National Center For Policy Analysis, December 11, 2013 “No, there won’t be a doctor shortage,” wrote Zeke Emanuel and Scott Gottlieb in The New York Times the other day. ObamaCare will weather that challenge just fine. How? Nurses and other paramedic personnel can substitute for physicians and new technology is making […]

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Obamacare Creates A Two Tiered Health Care System And Concierge Medicine Is Ready

The concierge medicine and direct pay care industry has known this was coming and has seized the opportunity to disrupt the process by creating a viable solution By Jeffery Dorfman, Contributor, FORBES, 12/12/2013 More Americans will soon have health insurance than ever before, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. From the […]

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Renown Concierge Doctor Hosting Weekly Medical Talk Show On 1490 am WCBC

Third Era MD: Creating Your Health with Dr. Charles Whitney” Airs Every Monday at 9:00 AM Washington Crossing, PA – November 12, 2013 – Dr. Charles Whitney is now hosting a weekly medical talk show on WBCB 1490 AM, which serves the Philadelphia suburb of Bucks County. Dr. Whitney who is double board-certified in family medicine […]

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Patient Struggles To Justify Concierge Medicine Practices

New business models for doctors may make it harder for your family to get quality medical care By Jessica Santina This article was published on 11.28.13. I had a terrible case of insomnia. It was early October, and I had gone four nights without ever falling into a deep sleep. I was exhausted, terrified I would never […]

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Houston Doctor Launches Celebrity Medical Concierge Service

By Louvonia McClain, for RollingOut.com, November 23, 2013 Kadisha B. Rapp, M.D., is a Houston-based emergency physician who recently launched a new international medical service that is used by a growing group leading business people, athletes and celebrities. Dr. Rapp’s concierge medicine service specializes in offering convenient and high quality medical treatment for a variety […]

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For a fee, patients can enjoy care from a “concierge” doctor

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Going to a boutique concierge doctor means no wait times, day–of appointments and practically 24-7 access to a doctor. Dr. Rob Spiegel runs a boutique office in Birmingham. Spiegel says 15 years ago he started his medical career in a hospital but after about a decade he was ready for a […]

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Some doctors shifting to concierge practices

For 87-year-old Houstonian Loudene Shields, paying an extra $150 per month to her doctor is worth the price. Her doctor, Jonathan Shaffer, is shifting his traditional practice to a concierge medicine model, which guarantees patients more personal care and services in exchange for a monthly fee. Shaffer, one of three doctors at Sweetwater Medical Associates in Sugar Land, should […]

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The Fourth Obamacare Shock Wave Is About To Reach Us

Obamacare is intensifying the doctor shortage – though not in ways that were anticipated. Everybody seems to have expected that Obamacare would sign up some 30 million people who don’t have health insurance, and they would overwhelm doctors’ offices.  But these people – especially the young and healthy whose sky-high Obamacare premiums were supposed to […]

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Patients, firms shop for better health care deals

Paul Freeman drove 600 miles last year to save himself _ and his employer _ thousands of dollars on his surgery. Freeman’s insurer covered his travel costs and the entire bill because a medical center in Oklahoma City could remove the loose cartilage in his knee for about 70 percent less than a hospital closer […]

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Local Physicians Taking Wait-And-See Approach

by BRADLEY HARTSELL, Thursday, October 10, 2013 The Affordable Care Act, which opened for registration on Oct. 1, has a lot of people asking questions about what it means for the future of health care. Unfortunately, doctors are still asking many questions themselves. Wait and see is the sentiment expressed by everyone from physicians to office […]

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5 Tips for Finding A Caring Concierge Physician.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY — (Marketwired) — 10/01/13 — Research shows patients with more personal relationships with their physicians are healthier and have better outcomes(1). The problem today is that it’s becoming more difficult to build a relationship with a physician who has the time to offer that level or care. Next to personal finances, the […]

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