They Want It to Be Secret: How a Common Blood Test Can Cost $11 or Almost $1,000 – The New York Times

I offer this test for free to our Trinity DPC patients four times a year. It's so inexpensive for me to purchase wholesale that it's not worth the hassle to bill for it. Huge price discrepancies like that are unimaginable in other industries. Also unusual: not knowing the fee ahead of time. — Read on … Continue reading They Want It to Be Secret: How a Common Blood Test Can Cost $11 or Almost $1,000 – The New York Times

Imagine if We Paid for Food like We Do Healthcare

Dr Ryan Neuhofel, a fellow DPC physician, writes this intriguing look at applying our current medical industry regulations to food. I know I would never pay for a $37 burrito twice. A thought experiment showing just how dysfunctional and distorting our health insurance system is. — Read on http://www.libertarianism.org/building-tomorrow/imagine-we-paid-food-we-do-healthcare

Buying Health Insurance? The Outlook Is Brighter

As you navigate new low-cost choices, weigh the risks. — Read on http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T027-C000-S002-buying-health-insurance-the-outlook-is-brighter.html

Millennials moving away from primary care doctors | Fox News

Alternatives to the traditional fee for service primary care are on the rise. Direct Primary Care programs are part of the shift away from spending your day in a waiting room for a 10 minute visit. Fellow DPC physician, Jeffrey Gold, MD, is featured in this article as an example of simple, affordable care that … Continue reading Millennials moving away from primary care doctors | Fox News

Pre-existing is non-existent with Trinity Direct Primary Care

Trinity Direct Primary Care takes care of you. Pre-existing conditions are not a hinderance to care for us. Providing healthcare is our mission so we don't charge more for patients with diabetes or hypertension. We don't charge more if you smoke or have a family history of major illnesses. We just take care of you. … Continue reading Pre-existing is non-existent with Trinity Direct Primary Care

DPC is growing with all generations

This morning I enrolled my 500th patient to the Direct Primary Care program.  I'm thrilled to have crossed this milestone.  It has been a rich blessing to meet new patients every week who participate with us in a vision for better healthcare.  I've met and cared for patients from all walks of life, from all … Continue reading DPC is growing with all generations

35% of Americans have been surprised by an imaging bill

Fifty-seven percent of adults in the United States have received a surprise medical bill for services they thought would be covered by their insurance, according to a new survey from NORC at the University of Chicago. For 35 percent of adults, that surprise bill was for imaging services. — Read on http://www.radiologybusiness.com/topics/healthcare-economics/surprise-billing-imaging-services-survey At Trinity DPC … Continue reading 35% of Americans have been surprised by an imaging bill

The doctor is out? Why physicians are leaving their practices to pursue other careers

The doctor is out? Why physicians are leaving their practices to pursue other careers — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna900921 As one of my DPC colleagues said, '[I] left the bureaucracy not the calling.'

Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury – STAT

Physicians are smart, tough, durable, resourceful people. If there was a way to MacGyver themselves out of this situation by working harder, smarter, or differently, they would have done it already. — Read on http://www.statnews.com/2018/07/26/physicians-not-burning-out-they-are-suffering-moral-injury/ A consistent theme of Jesus and the apostles of the early New Testament church in spreading the Gospel message is … Continue reading Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury – STAT

Obamacare premiums expected to climb 38% nationwide

Axios.com reported this interesting infographic on the predicted average increases of Obamacare premiums when open enrollment starts November 1st.  It is expected to be a sharp increase again.  Tennessee is slated to be a 20% or higher increase as a statewide average. Knox County has fared worse than most Tennessee regions in the last couple … Continue reading Obamacare premiums expected to climb 38% nationwide