A couple of years ago I was introduced to Zubin Damania, M.D. Dr. Damania is the Founder of Turntable Health, a direct primary care clinic in Las Vegas. To get his, Let Doctors be Doctors, message out he produces comedic video raps and has become an internet celebrity. The ZDoggMD, as he is known, is dedicated to improving healthcare for everyone.
Yesterday, I met with Mark Blocher, who is the President and CEO of Christian Healthcare Centers. CHC is a not for profit organization that also provides direct primary care medical home for its patients. The mission and focus of care is based upon Biblical based values. Mark said, “Everyone is talking about the cost of healthcare rather than focusing on the delivery of care. Healthcare coverage, he says, doesn’t equal care.
Last week, I met with a group of physicians who are working to implement a clinically integrated network of physicians. The providers of care are independent and not employed by a hospital. The group has a goal of working together to control the costs of medicine under the current traditional delivery of care.
The Association of Independent Doctors has been organized with the purpose of Giving Doctors a Voice and Patients a Choice. A national nonprofit, A.I.D. works on behalf of physicians, patients and employers to raise awareness and represent the interests of independent physicians. A.I.D. is working to educate patients, insurance providers, and government representatives about why America’s health-care system needs doctors to remain independent.
I have referenced just a few doctor initiatives that I see are working to improve the delivery of healthcare. As an involved member of the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants , I know that there are other initiatives happening around the country. Whether it is in the form of new delivery systems or a revised method of the current system, the initiatives that are focused on meeting the needs of the patient in the most affordable way is worthy of discussion and implementation. Everyone seems to believe that our current healthcare system is broken. There is no doubt that there is a lot of room for improvements. To cure what we believe is broken, let’s start by going to the doctor to look for a prescription.
Doctors, please speak up and let your voice be heard!
Mike DeVries is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, Enrolled Agent, and a Certified Healthcare Business Consultant focusing on helping healthcare professionals. If you would like to learn more about becoming a client, contact Mike at www.vmde.com.