Doctor Stops Accepting Insurance, Cuts Prices in Half

Wow!  A doctor that works for you (the patient) instead of the insurance company.  You can tell by the videos that this doctor truly cares for his patients and is trying to find a way to do what is best for them.  Bravo!  I wish this man well and hope his method catches on.

Dr. Michael Ciampi took a step this spring that many of his fellow physicians would describe as radical.

The family physician stopped accepting all forms of health insurance. In early 2013, Ciampi sent a letter to his patients informing them that he would no longer accept any kind of health coverage, both private and government-sponsored. Given that he was now asking patients to pay for his services out of pocket, he posted his prices on the practice’s website.

The change took effect April 1.

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But the decision to do away with insurance allows Ciampi to practice medicine the way he sees fit, he said. Insurance companies no longer dictate how much he charges. He can offer discounts to patients struggling with their medical bills. He can make house calls.

“I’m freed up to do what I think is right for the patients,” Ciampi said. “If I’m providing them a service that they value, they can pay me, and we cut the insurance out as the middleman and cut out a lot of the expense.”

via South Portland doctor stops accepting insurance, posts prices online — Portland — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine.

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