News of the Day ... in Perspective12/31/2003
Doctors make news by escaping insurance shackles
What the Star-Telegram of Dec. 30 calls “alternative medicine” and an escape from “traditional practice” is a return to the one-on-one patient-physician relationship that was commonplace if not nearly universal some 30 to 40 years ago. www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/business/7597658.htm
“Some of this could become more pronounced if some of the consumer-driven health plans take off, if more people are shopping with their own money for routine services or some of their specialty care,” stated Gary Claxton of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Featured are Drs. Chris Ewin of Fort Worth, who charges a monthly retainer; Dr. William E. Jones of Austin, who collects payment from patients and expects them to file their own claims (if applicable); and Dr. Andrea Brand of Longboat Key, Fla., who offers house calls only.