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August 17, 2009 – Comments (3)

Just a few notes as a consumer of healthcare and health insurance.

WHY DO DOCTORS NOT USE EMAIL?
A very clever journalist noted that you cannot communicate with your doctor via email, because Medicare does not reimburse for phone consultations or emails, so it does not happen. However: if they would start to pay for these things, say a few bucks per, would this not be a good thing? Usually, I do not need an appt at the office, but answers to a few questions is perfect. Would this not reduce the cost of healthcare, at least a little?

ADVICE NURSE
I was using one health insurance co. that had access to an advice nurse 24x7. I used it a few times, sometimes they just gave some advice on things to do, once they made a preliminary diagnosis of a something serious, and said make an appt ASAP. Surely this is another good thing? If these folks were used as healthcare gate keepers, would not this reduce costs?

HEALTH FAIRS
I attended a few of these things, sponsored by a major, S&P 500 company that was my employer. Surely these things encourage healthy living, and reduce medical costs? It was a big help: medical professionals discourage bad things (smoking, overeating, high blood pressure) and encouraged good things (healthy foods, more exercise). Could we get like drug stores, shopping malls, or big companies to sponsor these things on a regular basis?

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 17, 2009 at 8:42 PM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

Companies sponsoring healthy food and more exercise? I imagine most of the big companies do this already to curtail insurance costs. There were some companies that gave a notice to employees that they would be fired if they didn't quit smoking a while back.

I like the idea of an advice nurse, but I could see it getting out of hand. I think the insurance and health care reform have a long way to go, before everybody is happy. I find it odd tht we implement a system the US cannot afford and that we want to implement another system that the US will not be able to afford and that is really my only topic of disgust. Health care for everybody is just a pie in the sky at this point. The sooner people realize it the better.

Myabe webmd will be a hot topic when people really need advice and they do not want to pay for it. I usually just look at the shrine in the morning via mirror and tell myself that it is good enough for 18 holes today and then I move onto the basics.

Emailing doctors could be a little tricky, because anybody could answer that stuff.  

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#2) On August 17, 2009 at 10:14 PM, devoish (98.26) wrote:

Each of those ideas could help... if done right.

The health fairs idea is probably the best. Each of the other two has increased risks of mistakes/abuse.

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#3) On August 18, 2009 at 4:09 AM, uclayoda87 (29.24) wrote:

A New Plan for Health Care

Dr. Jay Parkinson and Dr. Garrison Bliss on the idea of promoting the concierge care.

Dr. Parkinson is able to use multiple modern forms of communication because he is paid directly by the patients and does not have to bill a third party for services.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/6072946/a-new-plan-for-health-care/?category_id=97060557d19849b78453db49271251265c1833cd

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