Good news, the paperback version of The Self-Pay Patient book is now available on Amazon! You can go here to purchase it: The Self-Pay Patient: Affordable Healthcare Choices in the Age of Obamacare. And of course it’s still available in digital formats for Kindle and the Nook, and I expect at some point today to have it up on iTunes (unforeseen technical problems have delayed getting it on iTunes, mainly the fact that I don’t have an Apple computer handy). You can access all the different formats on this web site at a dedicated page for The Self-Pay Patient book.
I’m sure a few people are curious – why buy the book when the blog already provides me with the information I need to save money as a self-pay patient? The short answer is, as great as the blog is, the book is better, or at least great in a different way than the blog.
The book is written and organized in such a way that someone who knows little about being a self-pay patient can, within just the first few chapters, get a pretty good sense of what being a self-pay patient means. For example, in a single chapter of about 20 pages, you can learn about cash-only doctors, direct primary care practices, concierge medicine, retail health clinics, urgent care clinics, telemedicine, and several other options. Each section in the chapter also provides information on how to find and contact these providers, including web addresses and in some cases phone numbers and e-mails.
Now compare that to the blog, where the explanation and description of these different types of providers is scattered across scores of blog posts and half a dozen categories, and in some cases I haven’t even gotten around yet to writing a blog post about some types of providers! For example, there’s a complete chapter on mental health in the book, and I don’t believe I’ve yet addressed that topic here (planning to later this week).
So the book is much more concise than the blog, while still covering a broader range of options for self-pay patients.
The blog and the book are meant to be used together – the book will provide readers with an excellent overview of a wide range of options for self-pay patients and also serve as a handy reference, while the blog provides up-to-date news, information, and commentary on those options, including new providers that I wasn’t aware of when the book was finished in September. Both, of course, list hundreds of healthcare providers or web sites for finding them.
So if you haven’t already, I hope you’ll head over to Amazon for a copy of the paperback or the Kindle version, or to Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, or when it’s up (hopefully later today) to iTunes. And assuming you like it, please consider writing a review on any of these sites, so people who aren’t readers of this blog and who wind up seeing the book online will be able to hear how the book can lead people to affordable health care outside of the third-party payment system.