Dr. Qamar is the CEO and founder of Medlion which is one of the oldest Direct Primary Care networks in the country. They’ve done great work in laying the foundation for DPC offices to thrive. Here, Dr. Qamar outline several good reasons why adding a DPC element to the employee healthplan could lower the overall cost of health insurnace and provide more benefit to the employees.More
As the winds of medical practice have shifted over the last several years, many physicians are calling into question the medical model under which we have worked for the last couple decades. It is an interesting discussion to understand how we ended up in this medical system but that is for a later date.
One physician who is breaking the trend is Rob Lamberts, MD. He is a Meds/Peds physician in Georgia who recently decided to step out of the insurance based medical system and return to the simple paradigm of one doctor and one patient. He only accepts cash for services and that is on a monthly membership basis. The idea being is to engage patients in overall health and be motivated to help them stay well.
Here is a link to a recent editorial he wrote about what is wrong with our problem based medical system. I really like the editorial even if I don’t agree with it all. At Trinity we strive to provide comprehensive care that allows for patients to be well (and stay well) and not need our services. We don’t want to establish a group of dependent people who need medications and labs ad infinitum. Insurance companies, however, take the opposite approach. They have started to develop programs of ‘quality assurance’ that measure physicians and other health care providers with certain metrics of health. For instance, if a patient with a diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t receive appropriately timed blood and urine evaluations I am penalized. It doesn’t matter that the patient is doing so well they no longer fall under those guidelines nor does it matter if an abnormal result will fail to change our treatment option.
Give this commentary a read and consider where our health care system should go in the coming years. We have a choice.
Every year Trinity hosts several days where our patients can walk in and receive their flu shot quickly and from their health care team. We encourage our patients to get vaccinated from influenza regularly and we want to make this process as simple as possible. We also want our patients to know that their health care is being coordinated by the very people who know them best– their doctors and nurses. Health care that is fragmented and divided up among many different retail based clinics becomes confusing and unorganized.
Our dedicated flu shot days are September 23rd, 27th, and 30th. We’ll have extra personnel staffed from 8:30am-12pm and 1:45pm to 4:00pm.
If you need your flu shot, feel free to come in one of these days and we’ll get it done. We are happy to bill your insurance for you and in many cases the vaccine is completely covered.
Let us know if you have questions and we look forward to helping you stay healthy this year.