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    New Kind of Doctors office?

    We had one doctor doing this and now quite a few more. Seems to be catching on.

    Dr. Bryan Hill spent his career working as a pediatrician, teaching at a university, and working at a hospital. But in March 2016, he decided he no longer wanted a boss.

    Hill is part of a small but fast-growing movement of pediatricians, family-medicine physicians, and internists who are opting for this different model. It's happening at a time when high-deductible health plans are on the rise — a survey in September found that 51% of workers had a plan that required them to pay up to $1,000 out of pocket for healthcare until insurance picks up most of the rest. Included in that monthly fee are basic checkups, same-day or next-day appointments, and — a big boon to patients — the ability to obtain medications and lab tests at or near wholesale prices.

    Direct primary care also comes with near-constant access to a doctor — talking via FaceTime while the family is on vacation, or taking an emergency trip to the office to get stitches after a bad fall on a Saturday night. Because direct primary care doesn't take insurance, there are no copays and no costs beyond the monthly fee.

    Direct primary care, a no-insurance healthcare model - Business Insider
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    My Vet offers this type of plan. For 40.00 a month, it includes unlimited office calls, includes all of the yearly vaccines, 6 nail cuts, 6 worming testing and medication, heart worm screens and deep discounts on heart worm pills and other services. It is really a good deal for me, since I am a freak about my girls. A office visit runs around 85.00. Their yearly wellness exam and shots easily runs about 350.00. The plan just spreads out the expense and then some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    My Vet offers this type of plan. For 40.00 a month, it includes unlimited office calls, includes all of the yearly vaccines, 6 nail cuts, 6 worming testing and medication, heart worm screens and deep discounts on heart worm pills and other services. It is really a good deal for me, since I am a freak about my girls. A office visit runs around 85.00. Their yearly wellness exam and shots easily runs about 350.00. The plan just spreads out the expense and then some.
    I remember as a kid we had something like this. Doctor would come to the house and do visits for illnesses. Vaccines, check ups and such were done at his office. My dad had a catastrophic hospitalization plan that covered surgeries, accidents, cancer etc. I know they loved it but costs were different back then. I do though wonder how much money could be saved without all the paperwork and support staff? We have a vet that has a mobile van instead of a fixed office. Maybe our doctors could too? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    We had one doctor doing this and now quite a few more. Seems to be catching on.

    Dr. Bryan Hill spent his career working as a pediatrician, teaching at a university, and working at a hospital. But in March 2016, he decided he no longer wanted a boss.

    Hill is part of a small but fast-growing movement of pediatricians, family-medicine physicians, and internists who are opting for this different model. It's happening at a time when high-deductible health plans are on the rise — a survey in September found that 51% of workers had a plan that required them to pay up to $1,000 out of pocket for healthcare until insurance picks up most of the rest. Included in that monthly fee are basic checkups, same-day or next-day appointments, and — a big boon to patients — the ability to obtain medications and lab tests at or near wholesale prices.

    Direct primary care also comes with near-constant access to a doctor — talking via FaceTime while the family is on vacation, or taking an emergency trip to the office to get stitches after a bad fall on a Saturday night. Because direct primary care doesn't take insurance, there are no copays and no costs beyond the monthly fee.

    Direct primary care, a no-insurance healthcare model - Business Insider
    THere needs to be more of that, I always thought doctors need to be more accessible to patients. I shouldn't have to drop $200 on a visit when the doctor can answer a simple question to the patient. BUt I'm pretty sure HIPAA rules limit this, as well as potential for lawsuits or what not. But the model is they need to churn out patients to pay for the often private doctors office or hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    I remember as a kid we had something like this. Doctor would come to the house and do visits for illnesses. Vaccines, check ups and such were done at his office. My dad had a catastrophic hospitalization plan that covered surgeries, accidents, cancer etc. I know they loved it but costs were different back then. I do though wonder how much money could be saved without all the paperwork and support staff? We have a vet that has a mobile van instead of a fixed office. Maybe our doctors could too? lol
    I think it could work, we already have mobile units that provide inexpensive mammograms and other diagnostic testing. Lifeline is a popular company here. Sometimes this company offers deals, 3 tests for 125.00 for example. Check it out:

    Health Screenings | Preventive Health Screening Tests

    This could be another option for affordable health..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    THere needs to be more of that, I always thought doctors need to be more accessible to patients. I shouldn't have to drop $200 on a visit when the doctor can answer a simple question to the patient. BUt I'm pretty sure HIPAA rules limit this, as well as potential for lawsuits or what not. But the model is they need to churn out patients to pay for the often private doctors office or hospital.
    I also think in this day of technology that if I can just take a pic or a video of something and send it off to a nurse or doctor to see if I even NEED to come in I should be able to. With email its so easy for someone to just look at a pic of a cut or a rash and say "yea, get in here" or "just soak it and put calamine lotion on it." It seems a lot of visits and costs are tied up with viruses and nonsense. I suppose its due to lawsuits and malpractice but its driving up costs. Simple tests like ones for strep or looking in a kids ear can easily be taught and done even at a pharmacy. Seems silly to shell out $200 for that.

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