Healthcare – Reducing Costs
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?
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?
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?