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'Direct primary care' practice cuts costs

Original post made on May 10, 2011

A new primary care practice, which promises patients highly affordable care without any of the hassles often associated with health insurance, opened May 4 in Mountain View.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 11:03 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Jim Doughty, a resident of Gemello
on May 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

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.


Posted by Steve , a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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 last visit to PAMF was $175 for 5 min of doctor time.

Posted by Fed, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm

You should join the Federal govt. My insurance is sweet and basically free!

Posted by Ken, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

@ Jim Doughty
State government is considering waiwing burdensome requirements of managed care for doctors offering this plan. There are negotiations in process !

Posted by Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Latest in our droid series -- Big healthcare reform question: How do health insurers set rates? Web Link

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