Volume 2, Number 9
Monthly News On Products Promoting Healthcare Cost Transparency And Healthy Living Tips
IN THIS ISSUE...

  • DIRECT PRIMARY CARE—THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE
  • YOGA FOR WELLNESS
This monthly newsletter contains information about medical cost sharing programs as well as health insurance plans offered through insurance companies that promote healthcare cost transparency. It provides information about tools designed to maintain or regain your health, articles on health and wellness, and information on complementary and integrative health. It also contains information on other cost-transparent products and services you can purchase or utilize to supplement either your medical cost sharing program or your insured health insurance plan.
DIRECT PRIMARY CARE—THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE
In an article written by Kathryn Mayer and published in the February 22 issue of Employee Benefit News , she explains that Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a new healthcare model that’s not only changing the way people get and receive care, but it’s also a concept that’s expected to grow substantially.

Direct primary care is a subscription-based, non-insurance model that gives individuals unlimited access to a primary care doctor generally for anywhere between $60 to $150 a month. There are no co pays, deductibles or coinsurance to see the doctor, although some doctors charge for home visits (and many DPC’s do provide such service!).

Direct Primary Care providers generally limit their practice to 600 or fewer individuals and families. They are available to see their patients immediately or within 24 hours and patients can contact them personally and directly by text, phone, or email at any time.

Patients have the advantage of more time alone with their doctor for discussion and medical planning, and DPC doctors focus on prevention as well as treatment. DPC providers typically provide cost savings of 20% or more and are returning the practice of medicine to the personalized approach that existed in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

The model also offers discounted services for much of what a patient needs, including tests, drugs and specialist visits.

Please see this website for Family Medicine of Weston (Florida) for an example of a website provided by a DPC practitioner. Although costs and services differ between practices, virtually all direct primary care providers have websites that explain how the model works, disclose all pricing, and offer substantially discounted prices for other services.

We are a proponent and supporter of the DPC model, and Health Excellence Plus  offers a Direct Primary Care plan (as one of its five available plan options) that makes medical cost sharing (as well as all the components of the “healthy care strategy”) available on a discounted basis
to those who have chosen to participate in DPC practices. Medical cost sharing can be discounted because of the proven ability of DPC providers to reduce medical costs for their members and to benefit the entire medical cost sharing community.

Please click here for details of how this optional program works.

Please contact us at 561-734-3884 for additional information. We are members of the DPC Coalition and the Free Market Medical Association, can refer you to DPC doctors in your area, and also have developed programs to work with DPC doctors to expand their practice and educate them about how Health Excellence Plus can benefit their patients. If you are a participant in a DPC practice and would like us to contact your doctor to help expand his or her practice or to educate them about the program, please contact us.
YOGA FOR WELLNESS
According to the National Center Complementary and Integrative Heath (NCCIH), a national survey has found that 94 percent of adults who practice yoga reported that they did so for wellness-related reasons—such as general wellness and disease prevention or to improve energy—and a large proportion of them perceived benefits from its use. For example, 86 percent said yoga reduced stress, 67 percent said they felt better emotionally, 63 percent said yoga motivated them to exercise more regularly, and 43 percent said yoga motivated them to eat better.
 
But what does the science say? Does yoga actually have benefits for wellness?
 
Only a small amount of research has looked at this topic. Not all of the studies have been of high quality, and findings have not been completely consistent. Nevertheless, some preliminary research results suggest that practicing yoga may help people manage stress, improve balance, improve positive aspects of mental health, and adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits
About Paul Cholak
Paul Cholak is the Principal of Control Your Healthcare Costs, LLC (dba Control Your Healthcare Costs) and is an endorsed vendor of the Free Market Medical Association, which promotes transparency in healthcare costs and programs. He's also a Partner/Supporter of the Direct Primary Care Coalition, which promotes the direct primary care provider concept.

He constantly seeks to find new and innovative products that incorporate transparency and focus on reducing costs of the total healthcare bill.

He's a National Healthcare Advisor for  M Powering Benefits , a Certified Affiliate with Sedera Health, and is also appointed by insurance carriers who offer insured products that promote healthcare transparency (for example Health Indemnity insurance).

He offers or refers you to medical cost sharing and insured healthcare products on either an individual, association, or group basis, as applicable, that promote healthcare cost transparency and can result in significant overall healthcare savings to participants. He guides you through the steps of obtaining membership in the applicable program and is always available to help you both BEFORE and AFTER you've enrolled.
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