What is a Healthcare Advocate?
The current healthcare environment is one in which a physician is in a situation where he has to “pay the bills” or maximize charges with each patient visit. Doctors do this because without adding these extra, sometimes unnecessary, tests/procedures they would likely go out of business. They are forced to maximize charges because Medicare/commercial insurance reimbursements are too low. Of concern is the little time physicians can spend with patients because of the large volume of patients they must see in a day. Because of this lack of time spent, the physician in many cases cannot get to the root of the illness so must refer the patient to a specialist. This not only adds to the cost of healthcare but also exposes patients to procedures which in some cases are unnecessary and possibly dangerous. The bottom line is that the current system is not on the side of patients and employers.
This is why it is critical to have a Healthcare Advocate on your side. Whether an individual or an employer, you need a physician who will look out for your best interest not just financially but also to minimize your exposure to unnecessary medications and tests, thus reducing your chance of side effects and complications. A physician who can spend a little more time getting to the root of illness does not have to refer to pricey specialists as often or place patients on expensive medications or order expensive x-rays. This is the type of relationship that Healthcare2U is fostering between physicians and patients. This relationship can keep out-of-pocket costs down and reassure patients and employers that the system is on their side now. Whether you are an individual looking for an affordable primary care home or a large employer wanting to keep healthcare costs down, give Healthcare2U an opportunity to serve you.
John Rodriguez MD
Chief Medical Officer
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