Two Hopeful Signs

So Im taking a look around for another doctor and this post in Reason captured me eye.

This is from John Osterhoudt, “What Free Market Health Care Would Actually Look Like,” Reason, July 2021.

There are presently more than 1,400 direct primary care practices running in 49 states. Among them are doctors Lee Gross and William Crouch at Epiphany Health Direct Primary Care in North Port, Florida. They charge simply $75 a month for an adult, $30 monthly for one child, and $15 a month for each additional child. After that, nothing more is owed for services provided in the office– no health insurance required. In January, Reasons John Osterhoudt visited Epiphany and talked with Gross about what free enterprise health care should, and can, look like.

This especially interests me due to the fact that my primary care medical professional revealed last month that hes retiring in September. I didnt understand it until he became my physician, but hes the very first really great primary care physician Ive ever had. Its cost for service and hes not in my health insurers network, but the extra charge for me is only about $30 per see.

Another excerpt that responds to something I was questioning:

What can you perform in the workplace? Can you give me a variety of what is consisted of in that $75-a-month cost?
When a client is a member of our practice, anything that we can do within the 4 walls of our office is consisted of at no extra charge. The majority of tests that we do within our workplace, like a strep test, urine test, or pregnancy test, those are all things that we do at no additional charge.

And something else I was questioning about when I see the charges for blood work before the insurance company knocks them down:

For example, the extremely first client that I registered in our direct primary care practice, they visited their rheumatologist, and the rheumatologist provided a lab order. The laboratory quoted them $1,800 for the blood work. The client got on the phone and said, “Wait a second, I cant manage this. I believed I was supposed to get some sort of discount rate by belonging to your direct primary care practice?” We said, “Well that order needs to come through us, and you need to pay us for it, since we purchase labs wholesale.” That client was able to get the exact same precise labs at the same exact center for $85. So with the savings on a single lab test, that client paid for [ months and months] of membership in our program.

And, entirely unassociated, another confident sign:

35 years earlier, it was prohibited in 16 states (including Texas) for a civilian to bring a hidden weapon. Just Vermont did not require a handgun authorization.
Resolving the slow procedure of going one state to another to alter the law, the transformation took place.
First came the switch from no authorization to might permit. That positioned the choice on releasing licenses in the hands of chosen sheriffs, which explains why California and New York have actually not budged. Democrat sheriffs pocket a lot of cash from clients who desire to carry.
Then came will permit. This put the onus on police to reveal why a person ought to not bring a concealed weapon.
Lastly, came freedom. 19 states no longer require the states permission to carry a hidden weapon.
Texas and lots of other states went from red (a ban on hidden bring) to yellow (might issue) to blue (shall provide) to green (no approval necessary).
It is the Vermontization of America. The Green Mountain Boys always put the right to guns off limitations to regulation. Fascinating state. For 14 years, it was a republic– longer than Texas and other states that were republics for a time.

There are currently more than 1,400 direct primary care practices operating in 49 states. Among them are doctors Lee Gross and William Crouch at Epiphany Health Direct Primary Care in North Port, Florida. They charge simply $75 a month for an adult, $30 per month for one child, and $15 a month for each additional child. I didnt realize it until he became my physician, but hes the very first really good main care medical professional Ive ever had. The extremely first patient that I enrolled in our direct primary care practice, they went to see their rheumatologist, and the rheumatologist gave them a lab order.

About 15 years back, some trainees at Hillsdale College welcomed me to lecture there. I did. I believe my talk had more than a touch of “aint it dreadful?” as I noted the various reasonably new restrictions on liberty in America: the USA Patriot Act, the requirement of federal government approval before you get on an industrial airplane, and a couple of other things.

In Q&A, a trainee asked me if I could consider any area in which flexibility had increased in the last decade or two. Always desiring to be the glass half-full person, I thought hard and informed him that I could not. My pal Harry Watson was in the audience and he piped up with a significant one: the increasing flexibility in many states to bring a gun.

This is from Don Surber, “The weapon revolution,” June 18, 2021.

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