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on May 10, 2011
It appears that the good doctor is running his own insurance company out of his office. The $49 monthly payment can be seen as an insurance premium that will get the patient the services of this one doctor. The doctor is quite right in recommending catastrophic health insurance to cover a medical situation that goes beyond the capabilities of the doctor. If his scheme can be seen as an insurance plan, is it subject to supervision by the state insurance authorities as the big health insurers are overseen? If the patient is out of this immediate area, will the doctor be able to help him/her -- or would the patient have to hobble back to Mountain View quick like a bunny?? The doctor is charging nearly $600 per year without prescription drug coverage -- I wonder just how this stacks up against the plans that the big boys offer. I would need some good answers to these questions before I signed up.
Three cheers for market competition. Need to individually weigh the $600/yr 'membership' against the cost difference between high deductable insurance and an all-inclusive policy to see if it makes sense...my last visit to PAMF was $175 for 5 min of doctor time.
You should join the Federal govt. My insurance is sweet and basically free!
@ Jim Doughty
State government is considering waiwing burdensome requirements of managed care for doctors offering this plan. There are negotiations in process !
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