Interesting: A recent survey by More magazine found that while a majority of Baby Boomers want to support and provide for their aging parents, but very few know what it will entail or have made any preparations for that eventuality. In general, these enterprises pay PCPs far better than they make in private practices, giving them access to excellent tools, and letting them loose to provide the care they know how is appropriate. Clinic companies routinely report significant savings, both on group health costs and occupational health and productivity costs, which are corroborated by their clients. For people with full-time salaried jobs that may be relatively easy, but for many others it’s not.
We won’t have real change in the delivery of care until the health plans either voluntarily change their relationship with primary care, or are forced to do so. As the cartoon suggests, they’re not inclined. If you’re a reader of this blog associated with the health plan sector, how about providing us with a lucid explanation of your hesitancy to change. If you’re a primary care physician and you agree with us on this, then please send this post to your regional health plans and pointedly ask why they’re dragging their feet. Pass this along to business leaders you know as well, and ask them to contact their health plans too.
David C. Kibbe MD MBA is a Family Physician and Senior Advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians who consults on healthcare professional and consumer technologies. Health Policy and Strategy Associates , LLC (HPSA) is a Washington, DC based firm that specializes in keeping its clients abreast of the health policy debate in the nation’s capital as well as developments in the health care marketplace. Our niche is objective non-partisan information on what is happening in the federal health policy debate and in the market.
Robert Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC (HPSA), a policy and marketplace consulting firm specializing in assisting its clients through the significant health policy and market change afoot. The majority of Mr. Laszewski’s time is spent being directly involved in the marketplace as it comes to grips with the health care cost and quality challenge. Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA (1) Moroz Sharon DVM, 11500 Tara Boulevard, Hampton, GA 30228, (770) 472-8610; (2) Animal Amour Pet Care Center, 11500 Tara Boulevard, Lovejoy, GA 30250, (770) 472-8610.
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