News of the Day ... in Perspective11/07/2003
Doctor is in, but insurance is out.
Two AAPS members were featured on p. 1 of the Wall Street Journal, Nov. 6, 2003: Drs. Robert Berry of Tennessee and Todd Coulter of Mississippi.
“Frustrated by red tape, some maverick doctors have cut out the middlemen, allowing them to offer less-expensive service and a return to the days when nothing came between patients and their family doctor,” writes Rhonda Rundle.
While not in the mainstream yet, “pay-as-you-go medicine” is becoming “more visible and perhaps more common,” stated William Jessee, CEO of Medical Group Management Association.
Most of the clinic patients are working class or middle class folks without insurance, although insured patients come too because they can’t get a timely appointment with a doctor on their “plan.”