Get out the Vote!

January 11, 2010

First off, please accept my apologies for the space between posts.  Between the holidays and the start of high school hockey I have slacked here…no more I promise.  For those of you who are interested I coach a high school hockey team and you can follow our progress either through our website (www.ccchsboyshockey.com) or follow us on twitter where we live update the games between periods (www.twitter.com/cchsboyshockey).

While I have always refrained from talking politics in the office, I feel very passionately about the upcoming Massachusetts state election on January 19th, 2010.  The two candidates are:

Martha Coakley www.marthacoakley.com

Scott Brown, www.brownforussenate.com

This election will be crucial in the health care debate.

Ms. Coakley in a word is for the health care plan that is being voted on, while Mr. Brown in a word is against this plan.

While I don’t judge and do not want to turn this into a political debate, I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of their day and research both the pros and cons of the current health care plan that is being proposed.

For sure there are no easy answers.  While most people would agree that more people under insurance care is better, others would ask how are we going to pay for this.  These are all issues that you should research before you head to the poll on the 19th.

Given how close the health care vote is sure to be, many national political pundits believe that the winner of the Mass election may be the swing vote in whether or not this plan gets passed, it is imperative that we get out and show not just the state, but the entire country that we care and are passionate about electing our leaders.

Please do your homework and get out and vote on the 19th!

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Are Insurance Companies Penny Smart

December 4, 2008

I recently had a patient hurt himself.  He called me for an exam and possible treatment, however, was dismayed to hear that his insurance would not cover the visits.  Since he was in a considerable amount of pain, he went to the ER, his primary care physician and a specialist.  Total cost of all those visits:  over $9,000.

One week after seeing all his docs, he was no better.  At this point he came into the office, we agreed on a fee, and got to work on getting him better.  After his first visit he was 75% better, leaving the office stating that he had not been able to breathe this well in a few weeks.  By the third visit the patient was released from care 100% better.

Total cost to the insurance company would have been less than $300.  Most health insurance companies put huge restrictions on chiropractic care.  Yet they will gladly pay and pay and pay when a patient goes into a hopsital or doctors office for diagnostic tests.

Imagine the money saved if 60,000 chiropractors had this type of case 3 times per week.  $4,700 x 3= 14,100 dollars per chiropractor per week.  Now take the roughly 60,000 chiropractic offices in the country and the number jumps to $846 million per year.  Not a bad number.

I often ask patients how many insurance companies they have had over the last 10 years.  It is not unusual for that number to be 5, 6 or even 10.  I then ask them how many spines they have had in that time period.  Of course the answer is 1.

You only have one body, it is not up to the insurance company to take care of it.  If you don’t have insurance or your coverage is very limited, please talk to your chiropractor if fees are a concern.  You may be surprised at what he or she has to offer.