Author Archives: Sean Parnell

Cash-only Neuro-Ear Doctor in Louisiana

If you’re a self-pay patient in Louisiana and need a neuro-otologist (that’s a doctor who treats neurological disorders of the ear – I had to look it up too), I’ve got good news for you. Dr. Gerard J. Gianoli has … Continue reading

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Kiplinger’s reports on self-pay health care

Last night I read an article in Kiplinger’s reporting on the growing trend of people who are opting out of third-party medicine and simply paying directly for their care. Kiplinger’s, for those of you unfamiliar with the publication, bills itself … Continue reading

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Altrua Qualifies for Obamacare Exemption

It’s been so long since I posted here I’m sure a few of you wondered if I’d been hit by a bus, kidnapped by the insurance companies, or just lost interest. Fortunately the answer to all of these is ‘no,’ … Continue reading

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4 quick tips on prescription drug savings

I was on the David Madeira Show this morning, talking about alternatives to conventional health insurance. David is a member of Samaritan Ministries, one of the five major health sharing ministries that bring together people who want to share medical … Continue reading

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Altrua qualifies for Obamacare exemption, plus more on CMF Curo

Two important updates on health care sharing ministries that I want to share with all of you. I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that Altrua HealthShare, a ministry based out of Texas, may not be eligible for the … Continue reading

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A new(ish) health care sharing ministry for Catholics!

***UPDATE BELOW*** I’ve been touting health care sharing ministries for quite some time, pretty much since I launched The Self-Pay Patient blog back in August 2013. The concept is pretty simple – individuals and families voluntarily agree to pay one … Continue reading

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Cash-friendly doctor experience with labs

So after about a five-year interval, I finally went in for an annual physical last week. I found a local doctor who is cash-friendly, which means he still takes insurance but also has a clear and simple fee schedule for … Continue reading

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Must-read op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal: ‘Health Care and the $20,000 Bruise’

The Wall Street Journal has a stellar and informative (and slightly depressing) op-ed today by Dr. Eric Michael David, recounting his recent experience taking his son to the hospital after discovering a bruise on his head. Self-pay patients who have … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Regardless of ObamaCare, “Self-Pay” Primary Care Practice Models Will Thrive!

The other day I was going through the comments that had been submitted recently in response to various blog posts. This is actually one of the more enjoyable parts of maintaining this web site, because I often get to find … Continue reading

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Symbiosis Health brings transparency to self-pay prices

I recently learned about a new company bringing price transparency and discount pricing to self-pay patients who need imaging, labs, and a few other services. This is extremely important not just for uninsured self-pay patients but also for those with … Continue reading

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