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Shaun Kelehan MD of Wellness Practices of America offer comments on postponing parts of the Healthcare Reform and what it means to the Concierge Medical Practice Model and Employers
July 11, 2013
Postponement of parts of Healthcare reform law will certainly prolong the responsibility of employers to offer quality Healthcare to their employees. “Offering Healthcare and sharing the burden of those costs is a benefit and privilege that all employed Americas should use to their advantage,” Shaun Kelehan MD “By making sure that the Employer mandate is upheld, this will help drive down Medicare, Medicaid, and overall Healthcare cost dramatically as it will help limit free healthcare to those truly in need.”
“As Healthcare costs continue to rise, some people will continue to have insurance they do not use regularly nor that they can afford. Many companies have learned that they can save money by offering a high deductible insurance plan, but their employees never use it because the employees don’t ever meet their deductibles. Additionally, those employees don’t get routine sick and wellness visits regularly because the initial cost comes out of their own pockets”, says Shaun Kelehan MD.
“Concierge practices were born out of the necessity to drive costs down. This is most often accomplished by simplifying the billing process, and by not dealing with insurance companies. This in turn allows the Physician more time to practice medicine rather than be involved in administrative duties,” says Shaun Kelehan MD. Also, the typical Concierge Practice has a smaller patient base that is considerable less than the average Family Practice Doctor, which allows them to provide additional services like “in home visits”. This model of concierge medicine can be viewed as expensive and may not help the many that are in need.
Wellness Practices of America (WPA) was started by Shaun Kelehan MD as a version of the Family Concierge Practice model described above, but some believe this model is an answer to the Healthcare crisis that faces us all daily. Whether one’s issues are costs or lack of Healthcare, WPA’s charter is to be a model for low cost fees that would serve the masses and not just a privileged few. WPA providers do not routinely do house calls, but if a need arises, it can be discussed on a case by case basis.
“The Wellness Practices of America model is a way to see patients regularly and improve their health by prevention and early detection. All this will help drive healthcare costs down for patients and the surrounding community. So whether a business is forced to cover all employees or not, the Concierge Practices that are modeled like WPA can save companies money on the ones that are currently enrolled, or it gives the Employers the ability to cover ALL their employees at a low cost to take care of most of its employees’ medical needs. Everyone with WPA will always need a low cost high-deductible major medical plan for any major medical issues”, says Shaun Kelehan MD.
Does the Healthcare Reform and or its’ postponement of the mandate hurt or help Doctors that are in or wanting to start a Concierge Practice? The answer is that “whether the law is passed or not, it is the responsibility of physicians everywhere to find lower cost solutions that increase the quality of Healthcare for the many and not the few,” says Shaun Kelehan.
“Republican or Democrat, healthy or not, wealthy or poor, WPA and models like it will continue to offer a low cost membership fee, that is easy to use, easy to understand, and will always be open to accepting new patients”.
Concierge models like WPA gives; Better Savings, Better Care, and is Just a Better Way! says Shaun Kelehan MD