Prescriptions May Be Cheaper Without Insurance

NBC recently did a report on how there are prescription price secrets.  It was a very interesting story.  Everyone wants to save on medication s while still getting quality.  We took some of the information in the news report and added the costs comparisons for one of our DPC – One MD Direct clients.  You…

Combine insurance with DPC

The news is out. BCBS will be increasing their rates 22.9%  This is less than last year’s increase of 24.3% but the dollars are still flying out while the quality of care keeps declining. http://blog.bcbsnc.com/…/premiums-rise-2018-affordable-car…/ We are recommending people look at their insurance plans and go to a higher deductible plan and become members of OneMD…

A Must Read

Patient A was experiencing some belly pain. Unable to get an immediate appointment with his doctor.  His doctor’s office instructed “If he felt like it was bad enough that he needs to be seen today, he should go to the ER or an Urgent Care.” Patient A went to the ER and was treated. His…

People Don’t Take Their Pills

Only One Thing Seems to Help… Cheaper Medications High-tech approaches and “reminder” packaging don’t work well. Reducing prices does. This is one of the many reasons here at OneMD Direct we are thrilled to offer our patients wholesale cost for their medications. Any way we can help our patients stay healthy are moves in the…

10 Reasons to join a DPC practice like OneMD Direct

Improved health- through greater access & communication with your health care team Time saving- virtually no wait at the office for your appointment and virtual visits at your fingertips without visiting the office Cost containment- membership fees are fixed and additional lab & imaging studies are steeply discounted Personal relationship with your physician & health care team- who…

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

The little things. It’s always the little things that are often overlooked, but can carry the most importance. Fresh air. Cold pillows. A good breakfast. Washing your hands. Few have the impact of the latter. Washing your hands is one of the most important steps to not only protecting your own health, but also prevention of germ…

Shopping for medical costs

Few Americans with high-deductible health plans negotiate prices, study shows SALT LAKE CITY — As the number of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans has jumped significantly in recent years, most enrollees have not adapted their consumer habits to control out-of-pocket costs, according to a new study out of the University of Utah. “I think…

What can Direct Primary Care do for Employers

Direct Primary Care can be extremely beneficial for individual patients for a variety of reasons.  About half of Americans get their health insurance through their employer. As you know, health care costs for employers have skyrocketed and continue to increase with recent estimates showing that family plans cost employers as much as $18,000, with some estimates…

Say “NO” Dr. Google.

Have you ever noticed that every time we are stuck in a difficult situation or are looking for a solution to almost anything under the sun, we bank upon Mr. Google! We are so engrossed in this digital world that we rely on the internet for things like shopping, socializing, learning new things or for…

Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense

Imagine if the only place you could bring your child when she develops a fever or an ear infection, or needs a checkup or a refill for her asthma inhaler, was to a hospital emergency room. Or imagine you have multiple medical problems—diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, say—yet don’t have a regular doctor…

3 ALTERNATIVES TO OBAMACARE HEALTH INSURANCE

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…  Yes, the holiday season but ALSO the dreaded “Open Enrollment” for medical insurance. That time of the year when you put off this line of the to do list because it’s just too confusing, overwhelming and irritating. The time of year when you start asking all your family and…

Fitting Direct Primary Care into a Corporate Benefit Plan

Foundation of a Plan In order to create an effective, repeatable, and scalable plan, Craig Scurato advises practitioners to try to transform business owners’ perspectives. Most businesses think of Direct Primary Care as an “add-on— something they’re adding on top of their benefit program,” when really, DPC needs to be the focus and the foundation…

Direct Primary Care Works with Medicare

A common question from our patients in their 60s and up is, “How could your practice at One MD Direct actually make sense with my medicare?”  It is a smart question.  It’s important to understand how medicare works when you have a doctor, like Dr. Suji, who does not bill medicare (aka a doctor who…

What if Car Insurance was like Health Insurance?

A letter from my insurance company, Blue Wheeled, brings terrible news. They rejected my claim, saying I didn’t receive pre-authorization for a long road-trip. I call them, pressing button after button through their robotic call system in a desperate attempt to speak with a human. When I finally reach a person, she’s not qualified to…

Alternative to Health Insurance

What is Medical Cost Sharing? Simply put, Medical Cost Sharing, also known as Health Care Sharing is the sharing of medical expenses done by a group of like-minded individuals and families who have decided to take back control of their own health-care decisions. Officially called Health Care Sharing Ministries, members who participate are exempt under…

Direct Primary Care saves Union County government $1.28 million in first year

New JLF report urges other local governments to consider Union’s example Direct Primary Care saves Union County government $1.28 million in first year posted on December 2, 2016 RALEIGH — A new Direct Primary Care option helped Union County government save more than $1.28 million on health care claims in its first year, without sacrificing quality…

Finding out your $284 blood test costs $34

By Jed Lipinski NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Kim Spencer, a freelance gardener who lives in Lakeview, said she was charged $284 for a CMP blood test, a routine procedure that measures blood sugar levels and assesses kidney function. The same test can be had for one-tenth the price at a number of nearby labs and clinics….

Direct Primary Care: Savings Doctors From Physician Burnout

posted on November 1, 2017 in Health Care, Health Care & Human Services “Physician happiness is inversely proportional to the amount of bureaucratic drag on their lives,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a “recovering” hospital-employed physician, was one of many speakers to address an audience of 250 physicians at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando, Florida. Now a DPC…

Which Health Plan Is Cheaper?

Doing a thorough comparison of health care plans is difficult. But there is an imperfect, yet fairly, simple way to check whether a high-deductible plan might qualify for “no-brainer” status, meaning, it enables you to save on health care no matter how often you go to the doctor. Here’s how to do it: Start with…

Why So Many People Choose the Wrong Health Plans

Economic View By RICHARD H. THALER NOV. 4, 2017  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/04/business/why-choose-wrong-health-plan.html If you get health insurance from your employer, you have to make decision every year about which coverage to choose. So here is a warning: If you are simply sticking with an old plan with a low deductible, that may well be a wrong and costly choice….

Health Insurance and Direct Primary Care, 2018

originally written by Patrick Rohal, MD, FAAFP  for PA.  Revamped for NC readers  November 5, 2017 Tis’ the season.  And I’m not talking about the Holidays.  It’s open enrollment season.  The Pennsylvania insurance exchange opened for sign-ups on Wednesday, Nov 1st.  This year, the enrollment season is shorter, ending December 15. There is quite a…

Tougher Men and the Doctor

https://news.rutgers.edu/news/tougher-men-think-they-are-less-likely-they-are-be-honest-doctors/20160321#.WfxsslxKs3p   The Tougher Men Think They Are, the Less Likely They Are to Be Honest with Doctors Men, who die on average five years earlier than women, prefer male doctors, but are more honest with female doctors By Ken Branson March 23, 2016 Men are more likely to choose male doctors, but they are…