No Insurance and Prices Go Down

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Here is a shout out to a Mainer going off the grid.  Dr. Michael Ciampi, from Portland, stopped accepting all forms of health insurance in early 2013.  No more managed care. No more Medicaid. No more Medicare.   Here is what happened when he did this:

  • The decision to do away with insurance allows Ciampi to practice medicine the way he sees fit.
  • Insurance companies no longer dictate how much he charges. He can offer discounts to patients struggling with their medical bills. He can make house calls.
  • “I’m freed up to do what I think is right for the patients,” Ciampi said. “If I’m providing them a service that they value, they can pay me, and we cut the insurance out as the middleman and cut out a lot of the expense.”

That’s Authentic Medicine.

Here are the prices of his care, from his website, when you remove the third parties:

Effective April 1, 2013
Services:Office Visit (brief)                                                                                     $50.00
(one straight forward issue. i.e. cold, sinus infection, bladder infection, etc.)

Office Visit (regular)                                                                                $75.00
(one issue of moderate complexity or 2-3 simple issues.  i.e. diabetes follow up, back pain, abdominal pain)

Office Visit (extended)                                                                             $100.00
(multiple issues and/or a single very complicated issue requiring more time, counseling, and/or coordination of care with other doctors or hospital)

Complete Physical Exam
                                                                         $150.00
(comprehensive history and physical exam and review of labwork for preventive health maintenence)

Well Child Exam                                                                                        $150.00
(age appropriate history and physical.  immunizations usually covered by state at no extra cost)

House Call                                                                                                    $200.00
(for patients who are homebound or too sick to come to office.  extra charge could apply if longer travel required)

Nurse Visit                                                                                                    $20.00
(for follow up of established problems such as blood pressure rechecks, etc. Results reviewed by doctor to modify treatment plan)

Telephone Consultation with the Doctor
                                       $20.00
(for established patients only who cannot come in for appointment who have questions they want to ask the doctor personally.  $20 for a conversation up to 10 minutes.  Additional minutes will be billed $10 for every additional 5 minutes, or fraction thereof.  We will not do telephone consultations on patients who have not been seen by the doctor in the past year)

Minor Surgery (w/o sutures)                                               $100.00-$150.00
(i.e. drainage of abscesses/boils, shave biopsies without sutures.)

Minor Surgery (w/ sutures)                                                  $200.00-$250.00
(i.e. removal of skin lesions which require stitches.  Follow up visit for removal of stitches is included)

Joint Aspiration/Injection 
                                                                   $50.00
(cortisone injection of shoulder, drainage of ganglion cysts, etc.)

Ear Cleaning
                                                                                                $30.00
(flushing of ear to remove wax)

Ear Popper
                                                                                                    $15.00
(use of ear popper device to clear blocked Eustacian Tube)

Cryotherapy                                                                                                 $30.00
(freezing of warts, skin tags, and some pre-malignant skin lesions)

Electrical Muscle Stimulation 
                                                             $30.00
(LaserTouchOne device applied to spasmed muscles to treat pain)

Spirometry Testing 
                                                                                   $25.00
(simple breathing test to evaluate lung function)

Nebulizer Therapy  
                                                                                    $25.00
(inhaled treatment for asthma, bronchitis, emphysema)

Pre & Post Nebulizer Spirometry
                                                         $40.00
(breathing test before and after treatment to evaluate effectiveness of treatment and diagnose asthma)

EKG   
                                                                                                                  $25.00
(measurement of electrical impulses of the heart)

Injections:

Vitamin B 12                                                                                                    $10.00

Toradol                                                                                                             $20.00

Ceftriaxone                                                                                                      $20.00

Lab Tests:

Hemoglobin A1C                                                                                            $20.00

Urine Dipstick Analysis                                                                                $10.00

PT/INR                                                                                                            $10.00

Helicobacter Pylori                                                                                        $10.00
(this fee covers collection of specimen.  lab fees are separate and can be billed to your insurance)

Glucose                                                                                                              $10.00

Urine Pregnancy Test                                                                                     $10.00

Urine Drug Screen                                                                                          $10.00

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