Marion Mass, M.D.: A doctor’s perspective: Who stands for patients in the health-care debate?

I would like to share a great article posted on philly.com written by Marion Mass, M.D.  She is a practicing physician and a vocal member of  Physicians Working Together, a grassroots organization of physicians working to change the system from the inside.   Dr. Mass asks that if after you read this and feel compelled, call your lawmakers(congress and Both senators) and ask them to stop taking HC lobby money from those who do not serve the interest of the patient’s of America. Then consider sharing on other social media tagging 10 and sharing this with 10 people in your district … Continue reading

Insurance Companies Already Hitting New Lows in 2017

Welcome 2017. After the first business week of the year has concluded, it is time to share the newest way insurance companies have hit a new low. An elderly couple came in for a visit a few days ago with letters in hand from their Medicare (Dis)Advantage Insurance Contractor. The letters told me that two medicines they are taking have cheaper and equally effective alternatives that I should prescribe for them to save money. The problem is that that statement was absolutely false! One medicine is levothyroxine, a generic thyroid hormone that she needs to treat an underactive thyroid. The … Continue reading

Jeff Gold, M.D.: DPC, THE NETFLIX OF HEALTHCARE

The article below was written by my friend and colleague, Dr. Jeffery Gold, owner of Gold Direct Care in Marblehead, Massachusetts.  He uses a great metaphor to describe how Direct Primary Care may soon be the standard way that primary care is delivered in this country because it is more consumer friendly than standard, insurance based medicine.  Like Blockbuster, the medical establishment will try to copy DPC, but it will fall flat. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   When is the last time you went to a Blockbuster Video store on a Friday night to peruse the shelves for a rental? Yup, … Continue reading

Douglas Farrago M.D.: Singapore’s Healthcare System

A great post stolen from Dr. Doug Farrago’s Authentic Medicine Blog.  He is absolutely right; instead of following the examples of failing healthcare systems like Canada’s, the U.K’s, or Sweden’s, we should look to successful ones, like Singapore’s, and maybe Switzerland’s. Michael Ciampi, M.D.   Check out this article in Forbes about Singapore’s Healthcare System.   Here are some highlights: Pricing is extremely transparent. Singapore spends 4.9% of its gross domestic product on healthcare. The European Union and Canada spend double. The United States spends more than triple at 17%. Singapore is the most cost-efficient healthcare system in the world. Singapore has … Continue reading

Farrago: Loopholes, Liars, and Hypocrites

The blog post below was shamelessly lifted from my friend, and fellow Direct Primary Care doctor, Douglas Farrago, M.D.’s Authentic Medicine Blog Site.  It is a brilliant article pointing out the hypocrisy of those who love everything about Obamacare, until they are asked to pay for it. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. Please read this opinion piece in the NY Times so you may see a true example of hypocrisy.   The freelance journalist, who supported Obamacare, just can’t afford it (no sh#t).  Now she is looking for what she calls a “loophole” where it would require her to “lie” about her beliefs to … Continue reading

DOCTORS EXIT THIRD-PARTY-PAYER MODEL FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE

This is a great article published by the Heartland Institute.  I had the pleasure of both attending and speaking at the conference to which Mr. Glans is referring.  I had the honor of meeting him as well. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. DOCTORS EXIT THIRD-PARTY-PAYER MODEL FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE NOVEMBER 29, 2016 By Matthew Glans More physicians are charting their course out of the insured patient market. Many doctors are abandoning the traditional third-party-payer business model and instead adopting a direct primary care (DPC) model, and more than 260 physicians from 42 states recently rallied in Irving, Texas for two days … Continue reading

The latest update from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons on Obamacare: According to Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) architect Jonathan Gruber, ObamaCare is working just as intended. The main problem is that the mandate penalty (which is actually a non-mandate, non-penalty tax, according to the U.S. Supreme Court) is too small, in his view. If we could attract more low-risk people to sign up, premiums would fall, and insurers would flock to the market instead of leaving. The average 22% increase in premiums is not a crisis, he says, because it affects so few people. Most (85%) … Continue reading

Out-of-network costs to soar for members of Maine health insurance co-op (Portland Press Herald)

The Portland Press Herald posted an article on Oct. 28, 2016 reporting on the outrageous increases in premiums and out of network deductibles for the upcoming year for those unfortunate enough to be stuck with coverage through the Obamacare exchange carrier, Community Health Options. To read the article, click here. My response is as follows: The great irony in this story is that the insurance companies would have us all believe that all out of network coverage is always more expensive, and therefore should be discouraged at all cost. In actuality, the opposite is often true. For example, a cardiac … Continue reading

Why I Do Not Support The American Academy of Family Physicians

For many years, in fact since I was a newly minted physician in my internship, I was a proud member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  I felt that it was an organization that was all about supporting the rights and privileges of family doctors like myself.  I thought that it would help advocate for its member physicians and their patients. Several years ago, I realized how wrong I was.  Like many other big organizations, it became too wrapped up in politics and advancing its own interests above those of the people who they are supposed to represent, … Continue reading

Give the Poor Insurance Companies a Break

This is another great Authentic Medicine blog by Dr. Douglas Farrago.  He points out that  we, the common men and women of this country, must comply with the rule of law and purchase health insurance or face fines.  Meanwhile, the companies that pushed the legislation through to guarantee they have involuntary customers face no consequences for not delivering what we are paying for.  It must be nice to be a crony capitalist… Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. In another example of this administration doing whatever ever they want with the Affordable Care Act it was found recently that “health insurers that sell … Continue reading