BREITBART: Doctors dump health insurance plans, charge patients less

WICHITA, Kan., June 14, 2013 (UPI) –  A Kansas physician says he makes the same income and offers better quality care to his patients after he dumped all health insurance companies.

Thirty-two-year old family physician Doug Nunamaker of Wichita, Kan., said after five years of dealing with the red tape of health insurance companies and the high overhead for the staff he hired just to deal with paperwork, he switched to a system of charging his patients a monthly fee plus the price of an office visit or test, CNN/Money reported.

For example, under Nunamaker’s membership plan — also known as “concierge” medicine or “direct primary care” practices — each patient pays a flat monthly fee to have unlimited access to the doctors and any medical service they can provide in the practice, such as stitches or an EKG.

For adults up to age 44, Nunamaker charges $50 a month, pediatric services are $10 a month, and for adults age 44 and older it costs $100 a month. Although Nunamaker calls the practice “cash-only,” he accepts credit and debit cards for the fees and services.

Nunamaker and his partner negotiated deals for services outside the office. A cholesterol test costs the patient for $3, versus the $90 or more billed to insurance companies; an MRI can cost $400, compared with $2,000 or more billed to insurance companies.


2 replies »

  1. Follow the money! This story would lead people to believe that doctor’s have the good of the patient in mind. After working with hundreds of doctors during my career I have rarely met any that didn’t care solely about their own income. Do the math from this story. The typical panel size for family medicine doctors is 1800 – 2000 patients. If half of the patients are below 44 years old and the other half are above that age then the average would be $75/patient/month. That equates to a very tidy income of $1,800,000 and if 6 doctors form a group and share overhead costs, the group makes over $10M. Ahhhh, aren’t they sweet?

  2. The next part of this story is that they are not charging patients less. A subscrption service and a fee per visit costs a great deal of money in addition to the necessity to still carry insurance in the event of heart attack, car accident, surgery, specialist consults. The arrogance of the lies being perpetuated with this “new” discovery of concierge medicine should insult every nthinking human being and recognize that the only one who wins in this scenario is the doctor. Congratulations to the doctors who have figured out that if you cut out the middle man, you can get all the revenue yourself. I will be surprised if the subscription service is challeneged soon as being simply another insurance plan.

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