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Some doctors sick of insurance hassles

There's a new financial consideration for many doctors called Direct Care. "Those patients then would not have to have the insurance that covers office visits. Sometimes it's a wash. It would cost the same thing. I think the standard fee is $1,500 a year," said Jackson Internal medicine specialist Dr. Nancy Campbell.

She is talking about the cost of Direct Care. That's where patients pay an up front fee to their doctor, no insurance involved.

"We're told how to do our notes. We're told what orders, what medicines to do, and a lot of doctors have said, I really don't want to do that. The only way to not do that is not take insurance."

Dr. Campbell has grown frustrated.

"What happened this year, instead of just using our notes for billing purposes, they've started dictating what we put in our notes. Our notes that used to be used for medical purposes are now used for billing purposes and as a result they are not as useful medically," Dr. Campbell said.

So, Dr. Campbell sent notices asking her patients if they would be interested in Direct Care.

About half of them said sounds great but I can't afford it. When I looked at some of the patients who couldn't afford it, some of my favorite patients couldn't afford it and I just thought i'm not going to do this because I don't want to give up those people.

Direct Care is not a good fit for Dr. Campbell's patients and she withdrew the proposal.

"All I want to do is take care of patients, and I want somebody else to fool with the business part of it. But I want people to leave me alone and let me take care of the patients."


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