Category Archives: Cash-Only Doctors

OkCopay brings prices, deals to self-pay patients

Options for self-pay patients continue to grow, and today I wanted to briefly describe one that that could be a great resource for anybody who is paying directly for non-primary, non-urgent health care, whether they’re uninsured, have a high-deductible plan, … Continue reading

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Growing bureaucracy in American medicine

The other day I gave an interview to a reporter in New York on the subject of cash-only doctors. One of the topics that came up was what might drive any growth in the number of doctors choosing to abandon … Continue reading

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Cash-friendly doctor offices continue to spread

In any given year, the overwhelming majority of American’s either won’t need to see a doctor at all, or will only need to visit a primary care provider for basic or relatively routine medical issues. Self-pay patients are no different … Continue reading

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Self-pay options for immigrants (legal or illegal)

Self-pay patients are by no means a homogenous group  – some are uninsured, others have high-deductible health insurance or even more comprehensive coverage that covers most costs (so long as they stay in-network and the insurer decides covers the treatment, … Continue reading

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Mental health treatment and the self-pay patient

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, one of the issues I haven’t gotten around to addressing here has been mental health care and how self-pay patients can get the most for their health care dollars. I cover … Continue reading

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Insured patients can save money by pretending to be uninsured

I’ve mentioned countless times before that paying directly for health care can result in big savings, especially when seeking treatment at providers and facilities that cater to self-pay patients. This applies to people who are uninsured, have high-deductible plans, or … Continue reading

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Wisconsin direct primary care practice closing, but more opening nationally

At the end of October, I wrote a blog post titled “More cash-only doctors offering services to self-pay patients,” featuring Dr. Will Schupp of Wisconsin and Dr. Kevin Wacasey of Texas. Schupp had opened a direct primary care practice in … Continue reading

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Direct primary care practices – why are they so much less expensive?

I realize I spend a lot of time here explaining the who, the what, the where, and the how of getting affordable health care as a self-pay patient,  describing things like telemedicine providers, pharmaceutical discount cards, health care sharing ministries, … Continue reading

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Direct primary care practice comes to Tennessee

One of the trends I’ve seen over the last several years is more and more doctors abandoning insurance and the third-party payer system in favor of direct payment by patients. For self-pay patients, finding doctors who only take direct payment … Continue reading

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