A Wisconsin doctor promises to provide inexpensive, high quality health care 24 hours a day to patients by using a payment model known as direct primary care.
Rather than pay for health care using a third-party health care insurer, direct primary care patients at the Platte Medical Center in Platteville, Wisconsin pay Dr. Brian Sachs a monthly fee in exchange for an agreed-upon package of services.
“The care you receive from a direct primary care physician is far above what a traditional insurance clinic can offer,” Sachs said.
A typical physician spends 40 percent of his or her day facilitating the payment of health care services, says Sachs. Adopting a direct pay model reduced his administrative costs and increased his availability to patients.
“My day is now spent doing what patients expect and physicians train for: diagnosing and treating disease,” Sachs said. “It is strange to say, but for the first time in my career I am free to practice medicine solely...
A bill now being considered by the Ohio House of Representatives would create a legal presumption firefighters with certain cancers became ill as a result of their work.
Senate Bill 27, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), passed the upper chamber 32–1 on April 13. If the bill becomes law, Ohio’s employers will pay the cancer treatment costs of certain firefighters through the state’s workers compensation system instead of health insurance.
Any firefighter who at one point was “...
More than 300,000 people are being added to Louisiana’s Medicaid rolls after Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) expanded the program by executive order on his first day as Louisiana’s newly elected governor.
Edwards’ January 12 order opens the state’s Medicaid rolls to 298,000 newly eligible, non-elderly adults whose income falls below 138 percent of the poverty level, according to an analysis from the state’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO). LFO says 224,000 people who currently have private or...