AUGUST 6, 2013 — There’s a growing trend in healthcare, more and more doctors are going back to cash-only practices. Dr. William Neuhofel, or Dr. Neu as he prefers, opened his practice a little more than a year and a half ago.
He doesn’t take insurance, operating on a cash basis, listing his prices on his website. He makes house calls for $100. Dr. Neu says by taking out the managed care company “middleman”, he saves his patients money.
“It’s kind of silly to say, but we’re aware of what stuff costs and that’s much more than you can say for the average health care provider. They really have no clue what stuff actually costs,” says Dr. Neu.
He says he’s not just treating sore throats either. Many of his patients have serious chronic illnesses, like diabetes. “This is really how family doctors, country doctors, neighborhood doctors, worked before HMOs and PPOs ruled everything,” says Dr. Neu.
Prices at these concierge medicine clinics often cost 50% to 90% less than hospitals. Dr. Neu, for instance, charges $20 for a regular visit to his clinic.