Mar 16, 2017 @ 12:39 PM- This isn’t typically what you’d expect on this particular Forbes column, but given the recent healthcare reforms underway with the new administration, I’d like to share my story.
It’s a tale involving a series of undiagnosed conditions, a highly respected doctor, and an alternative form of medical healthcare funding that may or may not gain traction as we continue into the 21st century. I had issues with weight gain 3 years ago, issues with fatigue, issues with insomnia, and I had been working out and watching what I was eating, but I was still getting heavier and I couldn’t understand it.
I deduced that the inexplicable weight gain could only be attributed to a medical condition. I had gone to see several other doctors that were consistently adding it up to old age, or to a changing metabolism—things I had no control over directly—and my weight continued to get worse. I decided that those responses were reflective of what I was actually feeling and so I needed to investigate it further.
I continued to balance my workout schedule with a high-power role running a startup business, though I began factoring in research to my daily routine. Several more doctors, a referral, and an appointment later, I met Dr. Lionel Bissoon.
In lieu of navigating the constraints of traditional health insurance policies, he practices concierge medicine, also known as “retainer medicine,” “direct care,” or “the MDVIP model of personalized preventive care.”
We have witnessed an increase in health care costs across the board, particularly the spike following Obamacare’s implementation in 2010. The American Journal of Managed Care found that hospital care represented the largest component of national healthcare expenditures in 2012 at a little over 31%. The study that concluded that the MDVIP model of personalized preventative care effectively mitigated hospital discharges, and allowed for increased physician interaction, which directly correlates to lower hospital utilization and ultimately, lower healthcare costs.
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