Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former
Comments: This certainly is interesting and a positive article. Wouldn´t it be nice to see more of this. Fortunately, 0bamacare doesn´t impact this business, even though Obamacare prohibits doctors from starting their own hospitals or expanding the hospitals they already own. What a travesty 0bamacare is.
My local hospital charged so much for a colostomy that the doctors opened their own surgical center. The net result was that my insurance paid the whole boat if I went to the surgical center, but only 80% the "discounted" amount charged by the hospital. Guess where I went.
My GP does not accept Medicare patients because of the low payments. He has built a practice that allows patients the face time necessary to provide quality care. He also is not accepting new patients because he refuses to shortchange his current patients. He could make more income with more patients, but he prefers the lower stress and less government and insurance company interference in his practice.
If something like that happens to you in a hospital, #3, yes, the cardiologist will be right with you as soon as he treats the eleven poor illegals who say they are having chest pains, and the neurologist will be with you as soon as he treats the three people shot in the head at an urban party. They are keeping the anesthetists busy, too. One was just knifed because she didn´t seem to be moving fast enough to treat the man with a hangnail. Meanwhile the administrator is busy trying to figure out how to cut the doctor´s salaries to pay for all the mandated freebies.
So low risk patients should pay 5 times the market rate just because they are low risk? Whatever.
I offer a self pay price for hip and knee replacement that includes all physician fees, a 2 night stay AND the implant for $15,000. Yes, you can make payments. I worked it out with my hospital and at that price they still make a little money. Why should Blue Cross then pay $50,000?
Ignorant regulations, moronic policy, self-entitled patients, and the Government all provide the toxic mix that drives up prices.
My reimbursement has DROPPED every year for the last 7 years. It ain´t me causing the crazy prices.
There were a lot of these kind of doctor owned hospitals in the formation process when Obamacare passed. My recollection is that something like 2000 plus facilities were scrapped because of the impossibility of making this approach fit with Obamacare.
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