Objections you may hear:
“Private practices won’t participate in discounted charity care.”
Doctors Care founder Dr. VanderArk says, “Doctors become doctors because they want to do good, not because they want to do well (financially).” And realistically, they are already doing charity care. Private practice doesn’t consist of insurance-only patients. Providing a network of specialists for uninsured patients is a dream-come-true. Physician practices are also often relieved that patients on Doctors Care’s program are accountable to pay something for their care.
“Hospitals won’t participate.”
Start with one. One creates a competitive engagement with others. It is great public relations to be involved, and hospitals are closely watching the moves of each other.
“It’s just too difficult.”
Actually, it’s easier than you think. Physicians otherwise have to make the arrangements for their uninsured patients, one at a time. At Doctors Care, the network of testing facilities, specialists and hospital care is already in place. And when an uninsured patient has needs beyond the primary care provider, the system can readily meet that need.