Jim @ LOTO, MO wrote:
I have direct primary care, just like that discussed in the article. I pay $1,000 a year to a local doctor for my membership, and am very pleased with it. I've talked to others in our community who also happen to be members, and they're very happy as well.
What happens when you need an MRI? Or cataract surgery? How does that work?
I have a cataract, damnit. Surgery next week (cataract + vitrectomy. blah). And I live in communist un-America.
I'm interested to know what control I am lacking.
A few points:
I chose my surgeon, based on recommendations. He's a world leader in his field. Even google agrees.
He chose the hospital, it's about 25km away from my home. Possibly not my first choice, but if its where he runs his clinic that seems fair enough, and the eye surgery facilities there are very highly regarded, apparently.
I chose the date. No significant waiting time (booked in for 3 weeks after surgery was decided).
My out of pockets will be $0.00. I have no private health insurance, never have done.
Those basic facts were the same as when I had really major neurosurgery about 18 months ago, except then I chose a more local hospital as well.
I honestly can't think of anything I'd like to control that I don't. What am I missing?