It’s that time of year again! No I’m not referring to pumpkins, leaves changing color, cool weather or football. It’s time to renew or change your health insurance plan. Now that you have become a patient of ours or soon plan to be and are taking advantage of all that Direct Primary Care offers it can make choosing your new plan from the state, government, employer or direct from the vendor more confusing than before. There are often many choices, with slight differences that are difficult to decipher. Beyond that, because price transparency is such an issue in healthcare, it is often hard to plan or budget for future costs when there is no way to find out how much these services actually cost! Below, I’ve tried to outline a couple tips while going through this process. (Of course if you would like to sit down with us and go over this we would be happy to oblige)
Have you ever stopped to wonder - Why do you wait in your doctor’s waiting room for an hour? Why does your doctor rush you through your visit or tell you to come back again if you want to discuss more than three problems? Why, when you call the office, does your doctor’s staff seem to be putting up a stonewall preventing you from communicating with your doctor when you want to?
At Direct Doctors, we don’t do any of those things. The reason why we don’t have to is all in the way health insurance affects primary care.
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.