A Simple Way to Prevent Obamacare
from Messing Up
In the latest Obamacare scandal, dozens of widows in Alabama were stripped of their health insurance. These women had been married to Madison county employees.
The widows were unable to keep their insurance because the county couldn’t cover the new costs associated with their coverage, as required under Obamacare.
Before Obamacare, the United States healthcare system was already difficult to navigate, expensive, and full of holes. Now that Obamacare is the law of the land,
the new layer of government regulation is exasperating these issues for many.
And things are only going to get worse.
Today, I want to share a solution that you should seriously consider. It could lower your healthcare costs and improve your quality of care. I’m talking about concierge medicine. To help me elaborate, I’ve brought in Lee Bellinger for an interview, since he recently made the switch to concierge care.
So let’s hear what Lee has to say…
Real Life Experiences
with Concierge Doctors
I was interested to find out what made him decide to look into concierge medicine. It turns out that Lee looked into many different solutions for higher quality care without all the limitations of the new laws. What he learned about concierge medicine might surprise you.
Lee: “Concierge doctors limit the number of patients they accept. Usually from 200-500, depending on the firm. Most other doctors tend to over 2,000 patients.That’s a lot! But with my concierge plan, I can call or email my doctor anytime and get a response. This is particularly useful if you are experiencing a snafu with prescription medicines, or if you are on the road.”
Having a doctor that can spend more time with you because of lower patient numbers and who you have access to through phone or email any time you need quick advice seems like a clear advantage to me. But I wanted to find out how that translated in real life. So I asked Lee.
Lee:“Some big companies send their executives to expensive annual checkups at elaborate clinics. For the same price or less, a concierge doctor delivers the same thing, except that you continue to get care for a full year instead of a one-time deal. “The biggest advantage is that your doctor is totally familiar with your situation. When I got a colonoscopy, my doctor waived the normal pre-procedure checkup built into that process, so it was all a one step process. “I am able to spend an hour or more just talking with him at each appointment. We can discuss which supplements to take, dietary issues, anything.”
That last part may not seem like a big deal on the surface, but when was the last time you spent a full hour discussing your health with your doctor? According to data we’ve seen, the average American’s visit to their doctor lasts right around 15 minutes…
So, I asked Lee if he’s seen any measurable health benefits from making the switch.
Lee: “Yes, I lowered my blood pressure and my blood sugar by working directly with my doctor. I followed a program tailored specifically to me, and I am now completely off meds. The trick here is to correct the underlying problems and not just go for a prescription that treats your symptoms. “In my case, a combination of not eating bread (even “healthy” wheat), not eating after 8:00 in the evening, and some cross fit training a few times a week did the trick.”
A doctor who spends more time with you and who actually gets to know you, your health history, and your current situation has a better chance of figuring out those “underlying problems” that Lee is referring to. If 15 minutes is all they get, a doctor is going to feel a lot of pressure to prescribe a “magic bullet” to bring down your blood pressure and blood sugar. Or your cholesterol… Or triglyceride levels… Or whatever…
But a concierge doctor has the opportunity to learn about your lifestyle and your personality. And based on that he or she can help you design a plan that may let
you stay drug free … or at the very least reduce your need for prescriptions. That’s a big benefit.
Still, everything has its drawbacks. My next question for Lee was about that.
Lee: “If you are under 40 you probably don’t need to go the concierge route. If you’re over 50, it is a bargain. The quality of care is better, and the level of access is better too. You gain the ability to be proactive about your health and work with an actual scientist who understands your needs. Yes, it is a little more expensive up front, but the expenditure is modest.”
The benefit-to-risk ratio of choosing a concierge doctor looks good. You pay a little more at the outset, but you have a partner in ensuring your health rather than a
revolving-door set up with an overworked doctor at a traditional clinic. I asked Lee how he went about choosing his concierge doctor.
Lee: “I walked through the local yellow pages and picked a practice in an affluent part of Charlotte. They had inexpensive add-on services, such as dietician and
other specialists. You can actually save money in the long run because these doctors don’t have all the high “compliance” overhead. So things like blood tests are
cheaper. I picked a practice that had already been in business for 10 years.”
My last question for Lee was about any final advice he had for you, our reader, if you are considering a concierge doctor.
Lee: “If you can swing it, get your own concierge medical care plan established ASAP. It is your best,ideal option if you can get it done. The demand for these doctors is going to go up. That’s because right now we have a multi-tiered medical care system. Under Obamacare, it is rapidly deteriorating into a two-tier system. I have no intention of standing in line for “free” government-doled medical care on the public’s nickel. You might be interested to know that we are releasing a manual soon that will provide north of 100 ways to sidestep the Obamacare mess. There are many options, and I will even be sharing some of them in future issues of Independent Living.”
So, watch for your upcoming issues of Independent Living where we’ll continue to help you navigate through Obamacare and safeguard your health.