So our endocrinologist, Dr. Rajat Bhushan, arguably one of the better doctors in the state, has informed us that he will no longer be accepting ANY insurance and will be moving to a "cash-only" basis. Thus, since we are not OT ballers, we will have to move to a doctor of poorer quality.
I thought our standard of care would stay the same?
Also, look for the Baton Rouge Clinic (Perkins Rd.) to become a "VIP Medical Club" (aka cash only) in the very near future.
Look I absolutely think medical care pricing should be subscription based. If all the people the government is buying health care for were the ones shopping for the health care instead of the government health care would be MUCH cheaper.
We should as Ryan proposed during the election move medicare to some sort of voucher system and away from this ridiculous pay per procedure model we have now.
We should be buying our health care from providers and not have insurance companies in between.
I remember back in the seventies when hospital stays were priced by the day. Even your insurance coverage was bought by the day. When the government moved to pay by procedure and then said no one could charge any less to someone else for their services than they what they charge the government the cost started spiraling out of control. The government in effect sets a floor for health care pricing. Providers lobby the bureaucrats, of course, for higher reimbursements causing all of the cost to go up.
It is a crazy system we have created. The pricing model needs to change and change quickly. ObamaCare has done nothing to do that except to run doctors away from the government and into these cash deals. Perhaps there will be enough of that to one day change the model.
This post was edited on 2/26 at 8:15 am