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  •  If it's a trend, then she's the cutting edge. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've been her patient for almost a quarter-century, since the practice was founded, and it's always been this way.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 10:40:59 AM PDT

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    •  It's how medical practice was before the 1960s (1+ / 0-)
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      It's really only been since the late 60s that physicians took over billing insurance companies and being paid directly. I recall as a child that my mother would always pay the healthcare provider when services were rendered. Some physicians, like yours, never changed or never adopted a new model. However, we went through a few decades where most people had very good employer provided health insurance and some physicians started the practice of billing the insurance companies directly. Now with high deductibles and co-pays we are in another time of transition. It will be interesting to see how the ACA changes the business procedures of community clinical practices.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 02:16:24 PM PDT

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      •  Based on the Supreme Court decision (1+ / 0-)
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        that Medicaid expansion is optional, along with the various ways that Red states are not just refusing to set up exchanges but actively screwing with federal attempts to reach uninsureds in those states, there are going to be plenty of people who will fall through the cracks and remain uninsured. There will still be a need for affordable care for cash-paying patients.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 03:04:55 PM PDT

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      •  Her practice was founded in 1989, (0+ / 0-)

        when I, at least, had excellent insurance, and long after the days when i expected to go to the doctor and pay when we were done.

        I think it was intended to be a gilt-edged practice right from the start. But she is an awfully good doctor, too.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 04:19:10 PM PDT

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