Tennessee Lawmakers Offer Direct Primary Care as Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

Tennessee gets it! We need similar legislation here in Maine, and in the other states where this legislation does not exist. It is a great idea to facilitate price transparency and increase truly affordable health care without burdening taxpayers.   Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. From The Heartland News Institute: (via the Goodman Institute For Public Policy Research’s Linkedin Page) Tennessee Lawmakers Offer Direct Primary Care as Alternative to Medicaid Expansion April 2, 2016 Dustin Siggins  A year after rejecting Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Tennessee lawmakers are adopting free-market reforms to increase … 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

If Auto Insurance Worked Like Health Insurance, We Couldn’t Afford to Drive

The essay below is written by Dr. Robert Nelson, a practicing direct primary care physician.  It  is a wonderful illustration of how ridiculous the rules of health insurance are, and how much they actually hinder medical care and make it so much more confusing and expensive than it should be.  The secret that the insurance companies don’t want you to know is that it doesn’t have to be.  If auto or homeowner’s insurance tried to work like health insurance, no one would tolerate it.  Why do we tolerate it in the field of health care??? If Auto Insurance Worked Like … Continue reading