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There seems to be a fair chance that significant health care reform will be shouted down and heckled off the stage.
The author describes strategies that office staff can use to help uninsured patients find affordable health care services, medications and even insurance policies.
The authors describe things practices can do to help uninsured patients, including those recently laid off, get essential health care services.
Though we may sometimes be tempted to look down on troubled patients, they have much to teach us.
The author describes the creation of his new not-for-profit practice, which funds the delivery of free care to the uninsured with proceeds from a concierge portion of the practice. He outlines how this setup allows him to provide better care and longer patient visits while maintaining an above-average income.
Family physicians must actively manage the relationships between patients, consultants and themselves. This article examines ways to improve communication in referrals and provide better patient care in the process.
The author describes how he developed his low-overhead practice and how he is able to offer high-quality care at lower costs to patients, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured.
The article describes how one practice uses volunteers to implement its patient-assistance program, which helps needy patients receive free or discounted medicines from pharmaceutical companies.
By emphasizing the family physician's role as a caregiver for patients in underserved areas, we can strengthen our specialty.
The author describes how his practice developed a pool of money that uninsured self-pay patients who demonstrate financial need contribute to and that the practice draws from to be compensated for the care they provide to these patients.