Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Real Healthcare Reform: Doctor Stops Accepting Insurance, Lowers Prices

The decision to do away with insurance allows Ciampi to practice medicine the way he sees fit, he said.

Insurance companies no longer dictate how much he charges.

He can offer discounts to patients struggling with their medical bills.

He can make house calls.

"I'm freed up to do what I think is right for the patients," Ciampi said.

"If I'm providing them a service that they value, they can pay me, and we cut the insurance out as the middleman and cut out a lot of the expense."

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Ciampi collects payment at the end of the visit, freeing him of the time and costs associated with sending bills, he said.

That time is crucial to Ciampi.

When his patients come to his office, they see him, not a physician's assistant or a nurse practitioner, he said.

"If more doctors were able to do this, that would be real health care reform," he said.

"That's when we'd see the cost of medicine truly go down."

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/05/27/news/portland/south-portland-doctor-stops-accepting-insurance-posts-prices-online/

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