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Legalize catastrophic insurance! Bring back low-cost insurance now!
May 19, 2017
“U.S. urgent care clinic market hit $15 billion this year”
Concierge and DPC docs should rely more on staff in hiring process
5,486 surgery centers certified by Medicare; look for combinations with imaging, physical therapy, etc.
Certificate of Need a remnant of regulatory era which restricted supply of services valued by consumers.
Certificate of Need laws “limit the introduction and expansion of a wide variety of medical services and equipment”
May 5, 2017
Stossel: government medicine will implode b/c cost not considered; meanwhile, LASIK prices keep falling.
Healthcare vulnerable to disruption from tech co.s and imagineers – ‘step onto the body scanner, pls’
Hospital clinic addresses urgent care for cancer patients without ER visit or hospital admission.
New Century Spine and Outpatient Surgical Institute first to install disinfecting lights.
Cost-efficient surgery centers good investment play on both consolidation and growth rationales.
Industry ass’n working to allow freestanding ERs to take Medicare, Medicaid.
Freestanding ERs charge a lot but go bankrupt. Is there something wrong with the business model?
Direct Primary Care agreements now allowed by Virginia law.
April 28, 2017
ICYMI: 11-yr 1982 study showed catastrophic ins just as good as comprehensive ins for impact on health.
Doc: catastrophic insurance part of patient-centered healthcare reform.
Global Ambulatory Services Market expected to grow at 4.7% through 2022
Trump admin mulls rescinding stupid Obamacare physician-owned hospital restrictions; asks for comment
Nation’s 2,200 retail clinics disrupting healthcare delivery: lo cost, better hours, shorter waits, hi satisfaction
“4,400 direct primary care physicians nationwide in 2014, compared to just 756 in 2010 and only 146 in 2005.”
Pay cash and get as much as 50% off medical services, recent Wall Street Journal article found.
Transparency not affecting how clinicians order lab tests, so far.
Massachusetts has high hopes for state transparency website despite earlier failure. Safety & quality included.
Amino.com parses claims data to give patients price transparency tool
School districts eye HSAs to cut staff health costs
Webster Financial sees record earnings on 20.9% increase in HSA business
April 21, 2017
Special air filtration keeps ORs bacteria-free in new hospital in India
Urgent care centers less expensive than freestanding ERs, but don’t provide same level of service
“Tucson hospitals team up to attract Mexican medical tourists”
West Virginia creates exemption Certificate of Need for purchase of financially distressed hospitals
Doc: direct primary care model “allows me to treat people with dignity,” gives new passion for primary care.
Physical therapist teams up with Oklahoma Surgery Center; prefers cash to insurance.
“Secret Data On Hospital Inspections May Soon Become Public”. (‘An educated consumer is our best customer.’)
Phoenix vets can use VA benefits at CVS clinics in pilot program
Comment: While masterminds dream up more ways to control your healthcare, the free market offers real solutions.
“If you are considering a trip to a foreign country to have your surgery, you should look here first.”
The physician-owned and managed Surgery Center of Oklahoma demonstrates the efficiency and effectiveness of putting control of medical care in the hands of consumers.
What sets the Surgery Center apart?
- Sensible, transparent pricing
- A fraction of what hospitals charge
- No outrageous padded bills that shift the cost of caring for others onto you
- Price transparency – prices are posted online.
- Simple, easy-to-read bills
- No dead-weight administrators
- Source: Reason.TV
- “Some businesses are even paying the entirety of their employees’ hospitals bills when their employees go to SCO, because the facility saves them so much money.” Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
- An Oklahoma County saved $570,000 in five months by using Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Source:CapitolBeatOK
- “SCO boasts a near-zero infection rate — a rate which ranges between 4 percent and 10 percent at other hospitals across the United States.” Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
From the Center’s website: “We can offer these prices because we are completely physician-owned and managed. We control every aspect of the facility from real estate costs, to the most efficient use of staff, to the elimination of wasteful operating room practices that non-profit hospitals have no incentive to curb. We are truly committed to providing the best quality care at the lowest possible price.”