How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare

This blog by Avik Roy, although three years old, is just as true today as it was when first published. Shame on the AARP for selling out its constituents, our country’s senior citizens, solely for political reasons and greed. I will never join, and encourage any members to walk with their feet!   SEP 22, 2012  How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare Avik Roy Forbes Opinion Editor and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow United States Senator Jim DeMint at a rally for United States Senate candidate Rand Paul in Erlanger, Kentucky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As … Continue reading

A Huge Overnight Increase in a Drug’s Price Raises Protests

Posting this article puts me in a somewhat uncomfortable position.  First, I am quoting  The New York Times.  Secondly, and more uncomfortably, I am agreeing with Bernie Sanders. That being said, let me qualify things.  Because in our practice we pride ourselves in being advocates for our patients, we pay attention to drug pricing, especially generics.  We dispense many generics in our practice at prices at or lower than our patients would pay at Walmart.  For medications we don’t stock in the office, we do web searches to find our patients the lowest price for their medications.  We have been … Continue reading

Will direct primary care be offered by employers?

The following article was published in the Kevin MD blog. Will direct primary care be offered by employers? STEPHEN C. SCHIMPFF, MD | POLICY | OCTOBER 1, 2014 Part of a series. Comprehensive primary care for employees means better employee health, greater productivity, less presenteesism and lower costs for both employee and employer. That is why some companies are making health care a strategic imperative rather than just a tactic as part of human resource cost management. Some are developing full service enhanced primary care clinics on site with excellent success as described in my last post. Some companies with fewer employees have partnered together to … Continue reading

Assume The Physician

  If you are looking for a good book to read that is both deliciously sarcastic and entertaining, while at the same time very educational and enlightening, I strongly recommend Assume The Physician by John F. Hunt, M.D. It is a novel that tells the story of a young intern, Dr. Eddie Marcus, as he goes through his first year of training after medical school.  Each chapter addresses a different aspect of the dysfunction of the American medical system, with a few commentaries about society in general thrown in.  It will simultaneously make you laugh, while at the same time … Continue reading

Lessons Learned From The $153,000 Rattlesnake Bite

This story about a man who received a hospital bill of over $153,000 because of a rattlesnake bite has gone viral on social media. (For the Washington Post July 20,2015 story, see below.)   It is one of many examples of out of control hospital and pharmacy charges that make everyone so afraid of seeking medical care because of the overinflated costs. The article does a good job at shedding light on the monopolistic behavior of some of the pharmaceutical companies.  They use loopholes in patent law, as well as shady payoffs to other potential competitors to corner the market for … Continue reading

Dr. Robert Nelson: “Lab Test Billed to Insurance, $50… Price if Paid Directly, $5… Any Questions?”

The article below is written by Dr. Robert Nelson, a Direct Primary Care Physician.  It is taken from The Direct Primary Care Journal.  He uses some great examples of how much money people can save if they deal in cash prices directly with doctors and labs, rather than use the expensive insurance middleman.  Like him, we are able to get great cash rates for our patients as well, although the numbers are not exactly the same. He exposes the health insurance paradox.  Dealing with insurance companies causes an artificial increase in prices.  When people are presented with these artificially high prices, … Continue reading

The White House Wants Your Doctor To Teach You About Global Warming

My purpose in reposting this article from The Daily Caller on our site is not to get into a debate about global warming/climate change.  Rather, it is to show why it is important to have a doctor who has undivided loyalty to his/her patients.  Think about it.  Most doctors are accepting Medicare, which is money from the government, so would they not be more beholding to the government and more likely to be influenced by it?  I have always said that people will follow the orders of the parties who are paying them.   Right now, it is a suggestion … Continue reading