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Monday, 21 March 2016 15:06

Patients Cannot Afford Medications

Many times patients ask me the question when I am prescribing them medications they need ,Doc, how much does this medicine cost and is it covered by my insurance plan or not? Is there a generic version of this medication? How much is my out of pocket cost even with insurance coverage? It is clear that if the patient can not afford to get the prescribed medications, then his or her medical condition will worsen and will in most cases when medications are denied, will end up being admitted to  the hospital as it is the only place left for patient to get the medication they need at high cost which could simply be avoided by making the medications affordable and accessible.

Recently, there was a Bill introduced to deny the deductions for all advertising and promotional expenses for prescription pharmaceuticals which many spend on Direct to Consumer advertising ( Radio, TV,Newspaper, Internet..etc).  while consumers pay  ( very high prices) while the drug makers are getting tax breaks on their drug ads have resulted in a consumer outcry.

The American Medical Association has called for a ban on drug ads as they put so much pressure on physicians to prescribe very expensive medications to make patients happy  however most of these drugs have been found to be mostly unnecessary. There were about  3.6 billion dollars spent on advertising in the first half of 2015 by drug makers!

In our Concierge Medicine Program , we have most of the generic medications at only $3 .00 and some other medications are being dispensed free as well.This is to help patients eat, pay bills and prevent them from getting devastated and stressed out then get sick and become depressed which leads to more stress with accumulation of mountains of bills.

Just to give you examples of a blood thinner medication given to patients with a common heart rhythm ( non-valvular  atrial fibrillation) which can lead to stokes without the blood thinner.Usually , the better tolerated medication is  denied on first and second attempt for pre-authorization because of high price. It happens that way the patient finally gets it approved the patient had GI bleeding that required costly hospitalization!   

It will not help drug makers to continue to raise the prices as more and more patients can not afford to pay for them thus become sick and go to hospital with costly devastating events like acute stroke or heart attack, control of pain  due to cancer or spread of disease which could be kept under check with taking the proper medications. This will obviate the need of having micro sensors placed in the medication capsule to record when the patient took the medicine to monitor compliance of medication intake , which will lead to a favorable impact on cutting cost of hospital readmission and related procedures as it relates to compliance of medication intake.

Unfortunately, patients are stuck in the middle as on one hand they can not afford to buy their necessary medications during tough economy and on the other hand they can not afford to not take their needed medications to get well and stay well!

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

Founder, CEO

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

Affordable Quality Healthcare Program

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

Wesley Chapel , Florida

Tel 877-DR ELDIN

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

President ,Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

Published in Medical Tourism
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:17

Peace on Earth

There are so many shared values in this holiday season including peace. Although Muslims do not celebrate Christmas, they celebrate the message of Jesus (peace be upon him) everyday. Muslims love Jesus and his mother, The Virgin Mary, as she is described as the most honored woman on Earth with an the entire chapter in the Holy Qura'an named after her. The Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him is only mentioned 5 times in the Qura'an, while the Prophet Jesus ( PBUH)was mentioned 25 times. This reflects how Muslims cherish Jesus and his Mother, the Virgin Mary,(peace be upon them) as well as their common message of peace.

Looking at current world events, we know that we have to work together to achieve the common goal of peace similar to the ways of the Prophet Muhammad and  Prophet Jesus peace be upon them. Talking is not enough, so proposed remedies and solutions to achieve peace locally and globally are needed. With  common enemies such as ignorance and hate there is a duty we all have to combat such notions. As we see in current events, violent terrorists groups are  killing innocent civilians with a majority of these casualties being Muslims. Their ideology as well as their actions create a wedge between Islam and the West which as we see is impacting the legislature of bringing refugees, asylum and immigration to the west from the Muslim World.

When we shut the door in the faces of refugees , this creates a recruitment tool for these "thugs"  into their twisted ideology.  And when they see Islamophobic acts and remarks such as those made by presidential candidate, Donald Trump, they will  have even more people believing their sick narrative. 

Such reckless, irresponsible and hateful statements will jeopardize world peace and will send a wrong message that would hurt America's image and interests around the world. As for Mr. Trump it will get him disqualification form his candidacy and he will loose his business globally. Contrary to what he claims as a successful business  man that he "gets along with everybody" he is actually doing the opposite with his hateful statements such as his false claim that there was cheering after the falling of the world trade center after 9/11 just to get his numbers up in the polls.

So here is a prescription to achieve peace locally and globally:

Support legislation to ban fire arms purchase without going through background checks!

Support the work done by Secretary of DHS Jeh Johnson  who visited community mosques and acknowledged their significant contribution in working well with law enforcement. Such actions will push terrorists groups such as ISIS out of their propaganda business as America will stand united against them and their sick ideology. Similarly,  FBI Director, James Comey has expressed the excellent relationships with the Muslim community claiming that they have been very helpful. 

During this holiday season with so many parties and gift exchanges, as it has always been, give generously and invite your neighbors, Muslim, Christian or Jewish do not differentiate and do not let such hatred come between the positive relationships you have with one another. Together we can fight ignorance, hunger, disease, hatred and global climate change and bring peace on Earth to all of us. 

Happy Holidays !

 Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

Wesley Chapel , Florida

Tel 877-DR ELDIN

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

President ,Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:16

Physician burnout, why does it matter to you?

Feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion , reduced sense of accomplishment, negative attitude towards patients or their concerns all constitute symptoms of ( Physician burnout syndrome) which is on the rise in America!

After so many long years of extensive studying, testing, training, and big loans owed , now there is a greater number of physicians either retiring early or change careers all together!

Why?, their work load increased with less revenues , more bureaucracy, regulations,paperwork, and since more doctors have no ( business experience ) , they have lost control!

With mounting daily pressure on physicians to survive financially and navigate the long list of challenges just to be able what they were trained to do which is taking care of people, they are wondering daily if there is anything left for them after paying all the over head costs or at least break even!

Although doctors control 100% of healthcare dollars, they get paid less and less when compared with CEOs and administrators and this was verified by published  Medicare data.  The CEOs and administrators get to make all Business-related decisions and physicians ( have to do what they were told if they want to keep their jobs!)

Even with that, doctors are loosing jobs from hospitals, healthcare systems, insurance companies and even retail clinics as they are being replaced by ( cheaper labor provided by Nurse Practitioners) under growing financial stresses again to keep overhead down. So , doctors have to lead again this time in the ( Healthcare Business ) in addition to delivering healthcare to be able to thrive financially and continue to provide care for patients.

I am very concerned about the long ignored ,non publicized ( physician burnout which is in some survey studies reached as high as 60% among practicing physicians) and will lead sadly in some instances to an alarming rate of physician suicide when physicians loose control, income, job, and ability to function as a healer not as a ( slave)!  so here are some practical solutions that will help both physicians and patients  alike

1. Adopt Direct Care Medicine between physicians and patients  without the third party added stress and hassle to both especially when the doctors are doing fine job serving their patients.

2. Adopt cost effective Healthcare strategy with early detection and management of diseases  which will prevent costly hospitalizations and procedures . The data are very robust and reproducible not only in our ( Concierge Medicine Program) but others as well with direct relationship between patient and doctor  have shown better outcome and significant savings to patient, as well as employer and insurance company .

4. Adopt evidence -based medicine guidelines and established protocols in various disease entities to help cut down healthcare cost to the patient .

5. Invest in your personal relationship with your patient to build the trust which makes the practice of medicine very special!

Together as physicians , we can restore the dignity of the patient and the honor of our noble  profession  bypassing the third party control and abuse which has contributed to physician burnout in a free healthcare market. After all, a good caring doctor brings added value which can never be replaced !

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

Wesley Chapel , Florida

Tel 877-DR ELDIN

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

President ,Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:14

More Hospital Closing in America?

Recent article showed 8 hospitals filed for bankruptcy protection or actually closed since October and it is happening all over the country as more than 50 hospitals already shut down mostly serving rural America before!

For example, St. Mary Hospital in  Illinois plans to discontinue services and sell to another company which may use it as an outpatient facility!

Bonnie Memorial Hospital in Texas lost critical vote to get property tax revenues and the Board started to shut down the facility with loss of hundreds of jobs. In East Orange General Hospital , New Jersey has been financially troubled and filed for bankruptcy. Pioneer County Hospital in Newton, Miss. closed their ER doors on Dec.1st as the ( operations of hospital became no longer financially feasible!

Forest Park Medical Center Hospital in Dallas, Texas shut down and even employees were told ( sorry, funds will not be deposited into your account today!). New York based summit Park Hospital and nursing care center expected to shut down on December 31st as they were loosing $800.000 per month!  In North Carolina , Franklin Medical Center was closed due to declining patient volume !

The question now , what are all these hospitals have in common ?, answer is simple , unhealthy financial structure spending more than you earn as revenue  , so the inevitable decision to close hospitals, let go all the employees and all other supporting businesses of various vendors and services also become secondarily devastated.  Unfortunately, the pattern of hospital closure started across America in small towns about one year ago and it looks like the pattern of more hospitals closing in 2016 will continue mostly affecting small and medium -sized hospitals!

Hospitals already started to take measures to cut down overhead cost, which will unfortunately include replacing physicians with cheaper ( Nurse Practitioners), replace nurses with minimum wage nurse aids, pharmacists with pharmacy technicians , cut health coast benefits to employees with more out of pocket cost being shifted to the employees and sadly massive lay offs . Some other Hospital systems got more creative and offered ( to issue refunds to  unsatisfied patients) ranging from $100 to $2000, as they will download an APP on their mobile phone and communicate their concern and input directly to the hospital system which will issue the refund as ( a Token of appreciation to the patients) according to CEO David Feinberg of the Geisinger Healthcare .http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/geisingers-bold-move-dissatisfied-patients-offered-refunds

Here are some practical solutions to help prevent further potential hospital closures!

1. Adopt Concierge Medicine programs by teaming up with all small and medium sized medical practices to make a model of partnership to truly serve the community and help lessen the burden of healthcare cost that is unsustainable and crushing the Middle Class even further.

2. Collaborate to bring transparent and discounted ( Hospital- based services) which will help the cash flow cycle and prevent the looming financial crash and closure of hospitals

3. Adopt technology and social media to engage the community and inform them on what is the best way to save cost without compromising the quality of care.

4. Recognize the reality of healthcare shifting trends from in-hospital to out patient ambulatory care with rapid but efficient turn over of patients, then restructure hospitals accordingly.

5. Adopt alternative Medicine strategies and Wellness which is cheap and non invasive  to avoid illness which is costly involving risky procedures.

It is crazy with our current healthcare crisis and shortage of doctors that further devastation is taking place in the with further losses affecting local economies that depend on hospitals for jobs, services and vendors all across America! 

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

Wesley Chapel , Florida

Tel 877-DR ELDIN

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

President ,Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

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If you live in Tampa  Bay area , you should be excited about the effort that is being done to make Tampa Bay a World destination for Medical Tourism. Why not, and Florida has been visited by millions every year ,so in addition to beautiful beaches and vibrant cultural diversity with places like Busch Gardens , Aquarium , Lowery Park Zoo and the list goes on . Tampa Bay happens to have great Medical Institutions providing World class  services such as Moffitt Cancer  Center , All Children Hospital with its International Program run by John Hopkins Medicine International, Tampa General Hospital where there are more Para thyroid surgeries done there more than any other facility anywhere just to name a few. Tampa is also a natural extension of Orlando as it is one hour straight shot on Interstate 4  in the heart of many Disney World attractions and Tampa International Airport is easily accessible directly without changing flights with the recent Lufthansa started operating its non stop flights from Frankfurt , Germany to Tampa International, what a great service to so many travelers especially those coming from the Middle East and North Africa  , just like Emirates Airlines opened a non stop flight from DubaI to Orlando last month!

This is expected to bring in a lot of folks to our home town Tampa and with education and improved culturally-sensitive services will help to bring lot of jobs and economic prosperity to Tampa Bay and beyond. Welcoming those visitors , speaking the language will be a plus like Spanish or Arabic for example will help to get rid of anxiety and put them at ease and feel home right away!

We have developed a pilot phase of  Wellness Tourism Program where anyone visiting our Tampa Bay can take advantage of while spending the day with us having Fun and also get a Wellness Check . So it is not only who are coming for a specific procedure or treatment, but their families and friends who are coming along can take advantage of this unique feature as everyone is being encouraged to get into healthy life style while enjoying the Sunshine State visit. 

Together, we can show case Tampa Bay to the world and will be delighted to provide and coordinate and streamline services to make a very favorable overall experience as we strive to do in Florida Medical Tourism.

Yes, tell your friends and loved ones to come and visit with us in Tampa Bay with us , relax while you recover , have a Wellness check and recharge your battery here in Tampa, Florida!

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

Wesley Chapel , Florida

Tel 877-DR ELDIN

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

President ,Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

Published in Medical Tourism
Thursday, 15 October 2015 17:35

Risk sharing versus Risk shifting

Are you ready and prepared yet? The risk is being shifted and being ( dumped) on the consumer , that is what is happening and became official. It is seen in many cases whether with the new credit card machines , if you do not update your machine, the risk will be shifted from the financial institution literally to become laid on your shoulder, similarly if you do not ( code it right ) referring to the ICD 10 coding  system , you will be delayed and denied payment for your professional medical services even in some cases with hiring professional billers that are well trained in this transition , turning again all the responsibility on the provider who are most likely will have most of the denials and delays in payment!

Similarly , with subprime mortgage crisis , when someone who may not qualify brought home or property and then the bubble burst , and the economy went into a recession, then millions of Americans lost their homes and properties with foreclosures that devastated millions  of families and businesses with effects of which still being felt throughout the nation!

So many people struggle to make ends meet and good luck jumping those hoops to make it on a day by day basis, with a significant crunch in the cash flow cycle which is going to impact so many industries , for example the medical offices give business to many suppliers of medical equipment and supplies, hires staff , pay taxes and contribute to overall economy. But those small entities that contribute up to 84% of the total engine of the economy , may come to full stop as the cycle of business is not moving and forcing so many to early retirement or bankruptcy! On the contrary the bigger providers are merging together( for example Anthem merger with Cigna and Humana merger with Atena insurance companies) to get stronger and richer with stronger control of the market leaving consumer with less options and more risk shifting on the patients with more out of pocket expenses , co payments for office visits, testing , deductibles to the point that people are refusing the coverage simply when they add up what they have to pay on top of their insurance ,they will not have enough left to feed their families or pay bills .

The rising trend of risk shifting is not good for consumers as there is no balance and sense of security left anymore . Everyone is afraid to loose their shirt if they get sick !. This is unsustainable and is bound to fail. We have to restore a well balanced model when we all enter into a fair and transparent partnership with all our providers and go back to fair risk sharing rather that devastating and stiffing risk shifting to the consumer with more options. That is why we advocate direct care model to cut unnecessary cost of third party involvement and advocate on patient behalf to put patient first rather that send them to the cleaners!

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

Wesley Chapel , Florida

Tel 877-DR ELDIN

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

President ,Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

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Sunday, 30 August 2015 12:16

Gate keeper Medicine!

Before seeking  sub-specialist help first the patient  needs an authorization to see a sub-specialist that originates from their primary care physician who is serving as the "gate keeper". No problem of having a gate keeper for cost control and monitoring utilization and outcome criteria, but the big challenge is when a free patient  is using his or her own choice to go and see a sub-specialist that he or she liked, got impressed with, or simply have been unhappy with the one they currently have. So, if this patient  dares to do that on their own, now the saga continues with a lot of hassle in the process. It begins by first getting the records from the primary care physician who would ask for the NPI number which is a National Provider Number  then they would ask about the Tax I.D. number for the business of the sub-specialist then would ask about the billing codes used and the level of billing for office visits. And then they would be asked about what tests the patient is going to have and when are these tests going to be done since the referral is only limited for a certain period of time beyond which would expire.

In the mean time, this courageous patient who is seeking help will be either forced to cancel or at least delay seeking help from a sub-specialists until seeing his or her primary care physician even if the patient confirmed that the sub-specialist is a participating provider in that particular insurance company. So the patient will ultimately not be free to choose even from the limited selection given to them and so many sub-specialists who will be blocked from the gate (i.e no referrals) for that patient even if they have verified all the information about the participating sub-specialist even after going  through the investigation and verification process. So the patients ultimately have no choice but to go where ever he or she is directed to only when the "gate keeper" decides to let them through!

As patient advocates and pro choice supporter for patients rights would be certainly violated or at least interfered with every time even when a patient attempts to get a second option for his or her medical condition. Eventually it will be up to the consumer to decide when and where to seek help that they trust without being dictated by the "gate keeper". Or even worse, deny the patients access to any sub-specialist especially with high-risk contracts would mean money out of their pockets if they refer patients out and usual message said to the patients "we will take care of everything for you, you don't need to see any other doctor." There has to be a better way where the main focus is providing the best care to the patients rather than collecting the most money!

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

President , Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

Founder, CEO

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

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Sunday, 30 August 2015 12:09

Whopping nineteen cents check!

The good news is, it's not a pink slip but actually has a few pennies to cash on that check. You figure you put a postage for 49 cents in an envelope and the paper work involved in processing the claim, paying the biller, and other assisting staff to prepare the letter and the envelope and all costs involved to comply within the rules to get in the end a few months later, only a few pennies!

It was once explained to me that when a customer leaves a penny as a tip, that would be an insult to the waiter or the waitress that served that customer. But if they have left nothing on the table, maybe they will have an excuse that they forgot to leave a tip. So either a pink slip or a check reading $00.19 would mean an insult to the provider or even qualify as abuse to the provider. 

The majority of good ethical providers have to be united and start collaborating together to complement each others services and offer alternative healthcare systems that is both satisfying professionally to doctors and full filling to patients. That would strike a great balance where the patients are getting the care that they deserve and the doctors are being fairly and directly compensated for their services in a transparent way. This would allow those physicians to keep their doors open, and would prevent physician burn out and abuse, protect patient health and advocate for better health at lower costs which has been already proven to be easily accomplished. 

One kind of wonders with the persistent annual increase in healthcare costs over the past three decades and more out of pocket cost to consumer and outrageous deductibles, copayment s and less and less being paid for those who actually deliver the care i.e doctors. So who is making the money in the healthcare market not billions but trillions. No wonder so many doctors are switching their practices into Concierge Medicine (direct care medicine). Where their once again in control of how they practice medicine, not being dictated by the employer who is mostly driven by bottom line (revenue generation) rather than doing what is right and ethical. 

We have proven in our Concierge Medicine model over the past five years that it is the way to go. Now both patients and providers have come together to reconnect again to preserve the dignity of the patients and the honor of the most notable profession on earth and not worry about the pennies in the checks! 

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

President , Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

Founder, CEO

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

Toll Free 877-DR-ELDIN

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Friday, 24 July 2015 08:47

U.S-Arab Health Cooperation

As the globalization of the healthcare is becoming a reality with the world becoming more interconnected through social media and internet on a constant basis than ever before in areas like (economy,energy,environment,security, etc.) and why not healthcare? If we all agree that health is the most valuable commodity and now there is a global competition to capture this growing global healthcare market, there are unique opportunities that do exist where you combine value proposition with efficient delivery of services whether through Tele-Medicine that now even is accessible from any mobile phone or physically traveling to get a procedure or a surgery that you need through medical tourism.

In medical tourism, patients now shop globally for the best services and best prices.

So what comes to mind for the US to become successful in getting the business of Arab health, there has to been common values providing the best care with respecting deeply routed cultures and traditions to make patients comfortable which will in turn contribute positively to healing both physically and mentally. It helps get rid of stranger anxiety and stress through proper navigation across the geographic, cultural, and linguistic barriers. And through professional services to the patient that are coupled with universal values of compassionate care only then will be able to gain the trust of the patients.

Trust is something that cannot be bought and was the most discussed issue when I had the pleasure of attending the U.S-Arab Healthcare Summit in New York City last June which was rather informative and refreshing to attend multiple panel discussions and presentations on hot topics such as Hepatitis C, Women's Health, early cancer detection, patient safety, and appropriate health screenings to reverse the very alarming rate of chronic diseases which are largely preventable by introducing wellness, proper nutrition, exercise, stress management and getting rid of bad habits such as smoking and physical inactivity. All across oil-rich GCC (Gulf Countries) and the rest of the Arab world, there is need to improve healthcare access at all levels.

With expected increase in patient mobility as well as physicians in the in-bound and out-bound directions between the U.S and Arab world with personal, professional, and human interactions which will foster better patient care, better U.S-Arab relationships and will have a positive impact on global health and peace.

I am a proud American with deep roots in the Arab world and as a physician I would certainly invite everyone who wants to contribute to fostering good and healthy relationships in all areas of healthcare delivery. I strongly recommend to mark your calender for October 19th for the US-Arab Healthcare Summit which will be held in New York City (www.C3-summit.com), and participate as a presenter, sponsor, exhibitor, or simply someone interested in becoming a part of the global community of collaboration and improvement of healthcare in the Arab world.

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

President , Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

Founder, CEO

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

Toll Free 877-DR-ELDIN

Published in Medical Tourism
Friday, 05 June 2015 17:10

Transforming Healthcare!

Watching the debate on optimal healthcare delivery with various parties including CEOs of small hospitals in rural America threatened by closure due to financial difficulties and an inability to keep up with rising costs and decreased reimbursements . Unfortunately they happen to be serving the most disadvantaged Americans who are  challenged with poverty and lack of education and have high rate of chronic diseases and complicated medical issues.Now they are having more difficult access to healthcare. The notion that Tele-medicine and monitoring devices given to patients will replace the traditional care in these particular rural areas may not result in achieving the target goals unless it is also combined with human elements that will make sense of all the data that is being collected from the devices and make a meaningful impact on their care. By properly educating them how to use these gadgets. 

There is no question that technology can play a major role and can fill in a part of the gap that has been created by the huge shift of healthcare focus to implement prevention and wellness rather than acute care management or (spot fix) with the shortage of physicians.

On the contrary there is a surge of retail medicine clinics  noted on the rise like mini clinics at CVS , Wal-Mart and others that offer convenient access to the patients and replace the traditional care visits such as ER visits.

This trend  is expected to continues to increase all across America , and even helped by the Affordable Care Act( Obama Care).

Now, It is up to the consumer to choose what is the easiest, most convenient hours and locations and the best prices and be  engaged in their healthcare decisions and be educated and have true partnership with an ongoing discussion that will keep them healthy and save them money and prevent expensive ER trips and hospitalization. 

Our Low Cost Quality Healthcare does just that, by offering ( Direct Care Medicine) to the consumer . After all, in a free healthcare market, the choice of care will be decided by the consumer not by the doctor( provider) or the institution ( hospitals)  or even insurance companies for that matter. It is going to be about customer service, patient experience, and most importantly the price. More patients ask about how much any procedure or test will cost them especially if it is out of pocket and ( is the patient's responsibility) , they also ask if it is really needed!. So another important factor is going to be transparency in all what services delivered to patient as it is clear in black and white from the beginning ( no hidden cost or hassle!).

People wanted to be treated as human beings with dignity and respect they deserve while saving them big!  We strive to do that everyday and there will always be various customer needs that are met with various models  as there are going to be a big portion of patients who want to be served in a dedicated office setting , and some do not mind  to shop for a dress and get their healthcare at the same place !

Dr Adel Eldin,MD, FACC,FACP

President , Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter

www.sopenet.org

Founder, CEO

Low Cost Quality Healthcare Program.

www.brooksvillecardiology.com

Founder, CEO

www.floridamedicaltourism.com

LinkedIN

Twitter. Adel Eldin @LCQHealthCare

Toll Free 877-DR-ELDIN

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