Innovating health care, some doctors shift to cash only

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  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    June 20, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    I think this makes a lot of sense, but unfortunately with Obamacare, it will probably not be allowed. At a minimum, the subscribers to the Dr plan will still have to pay an ever-increasing fee/Tax annually with their taxes, since the subscription probably doesn't meet the minimal government mandated coverage standards. Plus there seems to be other fees that we haven't heard of before. For example, today in a company meeting we were informed that starting with our next paycheck there would be a new Obamacare fee taken out of our paychecks, which will cost between $30 and $100 per month, this is in addition to however much our premiums are going to increase next year....

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    June 20, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Eliminate the middle men, costs drop. Anyone who shops at Costco gets it, but you can't win votes by promoting the government "fixing" all ills...

    Minimize the involvement of insurance companies to the really big events and you're going to save a ton of money, get better and more face-to-face involvement between patient and care giver and eliminate government fluff that doesn't need to be there.

    You really can trust people to be fair and cost conscious without government making all the choices.

  • CSP5 Ogden, UT
    June 20, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    @heart and mind,

    I don't think it's that people aren't economically conscious. After all, my copays are rising steadily. I definitely think twice before going to the doctor with decent insurance. I actually think something like this will allow people to go to the doctor more often as they need. I've had family members suffer through double pneumonia for a week before going because their copay was so expensive. I like this approach. It puts health care decisions back in the people's control, not the insurance companies. If I found a doctor like this, he or she would be my primary physician for sure.

  • Heart and Mind BUENA VISTA, VA
    June 20, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    Stoll, the cautious commentator, worries that the consumer, under the a new cash-pay method, will "somehow be... put at risk." That is the problem with the current healthcare system, as the consumers have no "skin in the game" and rely on society or the insurer to cover everything with little risk to the patient's wallet. The system would be better if it forced the consumer to take some economic risk and be more dollar-conscious and seek out reasonable services at fair prices instead of the "whatever--my insurance will cover it" attitude.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    June 19, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    @ Dum

    Totally agree. Insurance is the problem. I'm from Omaha and it's literally the modern day Trinidad and Pirates Cove for the modern day pirates of the economic oceans.... insurers. The system is rigged to make them rich.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    June 19, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Insurance IS the problem. And yes, a lot of doctors are going this route, they are fed up with insurance and especially Medicare and Medicaid. But Give Obama a couple more years, they'll make cash only illegal because it takes government out of the loop and therefore they can't control you, me, the doctors. The best solution of all, that would lower health care costs dramatically, overnight; would be to make insurance illegal. I know, it will never happen but when you consider that the lion's share of your health care dollars are going, not to health care but to the insurance companies and to the government bureaucracies--eliminating insurance makes total sense.