I have an Op Ed in today’s Washington Times which discusses the advantages of a direct financial relationship with your primary care doctor. This means you become a true customer of the doctor rather than today where the insurance company is the customer. Direct payment, perhaps through a high deductible policy or a retainer based arrangement, means better care, greater satisfaction and lower total costs.
Here is the link
Stephen C Schimpff, MD is an internist, professor of medicine and public policy, former CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center and is chair of the advisory committee for Sanovas, Inc. and senior adviser to Sage Growth Partners. He is the author of The Future of Health Care Delivery- Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You