Now that Obamacare is a reality that our country is forced to deal with, many Americans are looking for alternatives to the traditional health care system. While thus far, Obamacare has failed to live up to its promises of higher rates of insured Americans and less expensive health care premiums, it has also created a bureaucratic mess for practices struggling to navigate the fine print. After hiring a large team whose entire job was centered on dealing with all the red tape and paperwork associated with Obamacare, family physician Doug Nunamaker knew there had to be an easier way.
As many other practicing physicians have found themselves in similar situations, many have struggled to deal with the increasing overhead costs resulting from having to hire additional staff members just to handle all the paperwork that comes with government intervention in the private sector.
Additionally, higher overhead costs have meant that many of these doctors have had to take on additional patients just to cover their rising costs. Insurance companies have also began decreasing the amount of money they are willing to pay for certain procedures, leading to a perpetual cycle where everyone is paying more for medical service without any real benefits.
“Concierge Medicine Today, the trade publication observing the industry of concierge medicine, estimate that there are currently 6,500 doctors across the USA. That’s still only a sliver of the roughly 904,500 actively practicing physicians in the United States today. Concierge Medicine Today cautions that exact numbers are hard to come by as there is no federal registry with conclusive data. The 2016 Medscape Physician Compensation Report also cites that the space is growing by three percent a year.”
Doug Nunamaker has joined a growing movement of doctors who have done their best to create alternatives to our broken health care system that has become even worse with the implementation of Obamacare. Instead of going through third party insurance companies, Nunamaker’s practice does not accept any form of health insurance. Instead, his practice is member-ship based, which allows his patients to pay a flat monthly rate that covers unlimited access to any service that can be provided in his office.