TODAY’S GUEST Dr. Elaina George, Author of Big Medicine; The Cost of Corporate Control and How Doctors and Patients Working Together Can Rebuild a Better System
Dr. George joined us to provide insights to discuss the current issues in healthcare and how to solve them. She talks about taking the power back in healthcare. Specifically, we asked here:
- (3:00) Why is the current healthcare system is unsustainable and why will The Affordable Care Act be unable to help as many Americans as it promised?
- (4:22) What are the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act?
- (5:43) What are the unintended consequences of the Meaningful Use program?
- (6:45) Your book you offer several solutions of reform and strategies that doctors and patients can use to take the power of healthcare back, and because of my personal situation where I’ve gone from paying less than 10% of my families healthcare costs to over 50% in the last 7 years, I’d like to start with this one: Physicians move to an insurance free model. For examples, Direct pay models and subscription based model. Our recent guest Kat Quinn tells us that the direct primary care model is already a growing phenomenon. Please tell us more about your thinking of an insurance free model.
- (12:00) Another of your suggested solutions is to Allow Medicare and Medicaid access to cheaper drugs from other countries. This seems so obvious, how could we get this done?
- (18:15) Another solution that you suggest in your book is for Physicians and patients to participate in medical cost sharing. Please tell us more about this proposed solution.
- (12:00) What have we missed? What will our audience learn from your book, Big Medicine that we haven’t really discussed yet?
Dr. George recommended the following during the interview:
- http://www.libertyhealthshare.org/elainageorge Liberty Health Share has affordable plans – Most expensive plan is $199/month for an individual and $345/month for family of 3 and above; with $500 out of pocket per individual and covers up to $1M per year per person.
About Dr. George
Dr. Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. She graduated from PrincetonUniversity with a degree in Biology. She received her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr George completed her residency at Manhattan, Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. She is on the advisory council of Project 21 black leadership network, an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research. Dr George hosts her own radio show, “Medicine On Call” and she is also a keynote speaker many organizations. As a solo practitioner in private practice who is also a small business owner, she has a unique perspective on the problems of health care delivery, the true costs of healthcare and viable solutions.
Learn more about Dr. George on her website!
About Big Medicine
Elaina George, MD, is an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist practicing in Atlanta, Georgia. “All I ever wanted to do was be a doctor. To take the time to sit with a patient, get to know what makes them who they are in order to help them is the foundation of good medicine.”
Big Insurance, Big Pharma and now Big Medicine describes the movement from individualized medicine to corporate healthcare which relies on population based medicine which will mean a one size fits all approach at the expense of the doctor patient relationship. The healthcare system is broken and playing politics has failed to fix the problem.
Dr. George offers the unique perspective from the practicing physician and gives an inside view of how and why the healthcare system became broken and discusses solutions on how to fix it. As Dr George rightly states “You can’t fix the problem until you understand how it started and evolved. The solution ultimately rests with doctors and patients.” (from http://drelainageorge.com/product/big-medicine/)