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

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

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

Clinical Face Time Now 29% by Douglas Farrago, M.D.

This post is shamelessly stolen from Dr. Doug Farrago’s Authentic Medicine Blog. It is a great illustration of why physicians like Dr. Farrago and myself have decided to go into the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model of practice.  We spend time with our patients rather than waste most of the day doing meaningless paperwork and data entry for insurance companies. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. Here is what the job of being a physician has come to: During office hours, physicians spent 27% of their time providing direct clinical face time to patients Physicians also spend almost 50% of their time on … Continue reading

Bill Has A DPC Doctor. Be Like Bill.

Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. This is just a friendly reminder that having health insurance is not the same thing as having access to high quality, affordable health care. Having a plastic card issued by an insurance company that you have to pay several hundred dollars a month for, and are still liable for high copayments, deductibles, and other out of pocket costs, is not the same as having a great relationship with a doctor and office staff who know you and will take care of all your primary care needs. Direct Primary Care doctors actually deliver the health care that … Continue reading