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Dr. Robert Lamberts in Martinez is changing the world of healthcare, at least in his office. He doesn't accept insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Instead, He's charging patients a flat monthly rate to be their primary care doctor as much as they need.
"We don't control the system," said Lamberts. "It's the insurance companies and the government that control our healthcare system up to now."
After 18 years in the healthcare world that Doctor Robert Lamberts calls flawed, he decided to make a major change.
Lamberts' practice is focused on keeping patients healthy and out of the doctor's office.
He talks to patients often through instant messaging, texts, emails- whatever it takes to treat small problems before they become serious.
He says the healthier his patients are, the more patients he can care for. In his office, that means more money. Patients are charged a flat monthly rate of thirty to sixty dollars a person.
"What I'm offering for that money is me. It's accessibility. It's being able to contact me before the problem gets big."
WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE INSURANCE?
My fee covers only my services, not the cost of visits to specialists or many of the tests I may order. This means that insurance may still be needed for much of the care I may order. All patients, regardless of insurance status, pay the same a monthly “subscription” for my care and receive the same services. No patient is turned away because of insurance, and no one is turned down for pre-existing conditions.
WHAT ABOUT LABS, PRESCRIPTIONS, OR X-RAYS?
For patients with insurance, these tests will be billed to insurance by the lab, pharmacy, or radiology provider in the usual manner. For those without insurance Labs run in my office are included in the monthly fee, and I will work to find ways to significantly reduce the cost of tests, labs and prescriptions wherever possible.
WHAT ABOUT ER VISITS, HOSPITALIZATIONS, OR VISITS TO SPECIALISTS?
Any other contact with the rest of the health care system will be covered as usual. I will refer patients to specialists or for procedures as appropriate, and those providers submit this to the insurance provider.
Originally posted by fluff007
reply to post by Vasa Croe
Thanks for your reply Vasa
Well the thought had crossed my mind that he could just be scamming people. But I do not know if he is or not. Seemingly he has a national following of other doctors who are monitoring his regime and are considering the same move if it is successful..
Aah I did not completely understand that you still have to pay for your health insurance as well as his flat monthly fee...
Well I shall keep my eyes on this and see if it comes to any fruition of sorts..
Originally posted by chiefsmom
reply to post by fluff007
I've been to a few doctors, that could not get you out of the office fast enough and it makes me mad as heck.
I just thought of something else about this doctor doing it this way.
I lost our last doctor, because I hadn't been to the doc in 3 years, so they dropped me!!!!
So, I would think, that if you were paying, basically keeping him on retainer, you wouldn't be dropped.
It would also be nice, for someone with small children. To be able to call the doctor, in the middle of the night when something happens, like an earache or such, would be comforting.
Originally posted by LeatherNLace
While this doctor's monthly rate system may seem like a good idea for minor ills, I'd rather have insurance to cover the outrageous costs of other things like diagnostics, medical specialists, ER visits, hospitalization, surgery, etc.