More doctors finding ways to avoid insurance

  • Article by: PAUL SULLIVAN , New York Times
  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 4:42 PM

"Concierge care" physicians are tired of fighting health insurers for reimbursement.

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forteforteDec. 2, 12 8:57 AM

What I worry about in these "bare-bones" practices, is there are no additional professionals e.g nurse for a stand-by at a female exam. This can be a potential issue for both the patient and the provider. I am very leary to referring patients to such practices at this time.

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sunnydqDec. 12, 12 5:33 PM

Be very careful what you believe from the ins. co's those statistics are manipulated for their financial benefit. Let's put your MD's $650 fee in prospective. HVAC, electrical, appliance repair, Plumbing, computer expert, etc approx fees: $200/hr+ to pass your thresthold of your your home; Truck fee/gas $80 +; labor/15min = $100; cost of materials to fix?. Not sure what the educational time is for the above. Let's look at more examples: Atty $300-$500 up to $1000/hr; cost of Legal assistant $150-$250/hr, and so on. Atty = 7 yrs college/law school. Accts: 4 yrs and can be similar fee/hr. The specialist you had 1 1/2+ hour appt fee $650 also included hours behind the scenes with charting, recommendations, staff time, etc. MD Education 12-18 yrs Plus. Dentists = 10 114 yrs.of the most expensive education, not to mention that each operatory is a mini surgical suite. We all need the above professions and I mean no disrespect to them. The Dr's and patients are the ones on the short end of the stick... not insurance companies!

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