Who is Responsible for the Bill?

A new survey found that “57 percent of adults in the United States have received a surprise medical bill for services they thought would be covered by their insurance”.   Why is that a surprise?  Insurance companies are crooks. Their job is to steal your money.

Here are some other common “surprise” bills:

  • Physician services (53 percent of respondents).
  • Laboratory tests (51 percent)
  • Hospital or healthcare facility charges (43 percent)
  • Prescription drugs (29 percent)

First of all, do you see any commonalities from the above? I know I keep blowing the same horn but DIRECT PRIMARY CARE addresses all four.  Patients know the physician fees as it is a monthly membership.  The lab tests are up to 90% cheaper in our offices.  There is no facility fee and we either sell patients discounted drugs for minimal profit or we help them navigate the system for cheaper drugs (Goodrx, etc).

The world has changed.  If patients are surprised at their bills then they need to make a change.  We need insurance companies to go back to catastrophic or major medical companies and get out of the “healthcare” business.  We need transparency and a free market system.  Can’t be done?  I just showed you that it can.

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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] 

  4 comments for “Who is Responsible for the Bill?

  1. RSW
    September 6, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Part of the problem, we have to admit, is that many patients know zilch about their own insurance policies.

    “Deductible? WTF is a deductible?”

  2. Bob
    September 5, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    This wouldn’t be such an issue if there were even remote attempts at transparency. The medical industrial complex thrives on opacity.

  3. Jennifer Hollywood
    September 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I find that number really low. It seems like 100% of my patients feel like they’ve been screwed by medical bills.

  4. PW
    September 5, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Not surprised at all. I know I am being ripped off.

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