Health Benefits Store

Man, it is good to have money because then you do things like this.   United Healthcare opened a health benefits store in New York’s Chinatown in February.  That is their  23rd such store!  These places get about 3000 visitors a month.    The 11,000-square-foot Asian Plaza allows visitors to:

  • Discuss their health care benefits with customer service professionals.
  • Staff will help them apply for more than 15 state and federal social service programs.
  • The store has computers to help visitors find health information.
  • Blood pressure, pulse rate and body mass index are measured at kiosks.
  • The insurer also will host free educational seminars there.

If you are a doctor, you better hope that United Healthcare gives you a good rating because I can foresee a time where they will have live people directing patients to another doctor.  Think of a stupid Verizon stores where these posers are all dressed up speaking like experts about a damn phone.  Now you have “expert healthcare” posers saying, “Dr. Smith has a lower rating in his quality metrics of obesity and hypertension and therefore his copay is $30. You may want to try another model.  Oh, here is one. Dr. Jones has very nice metrics and her copay is only $10.”

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Health Benefits Store

  1. Mark Obrien
    March 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I always wonder where the cash comes from to fund these and big Insurance buildings. Insurance premiums?

    • Sir Lance-a-Lot
      March 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

      “Insurance premiums?”


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