Direct and concierge care are gaining traction in Asheville, offering alternative forms of health care for patients who are looking for more time with their doctors and are willing to pay out of pocket for routine health care, using insurance for catastrophic coverage.
“Sadly, what she experienced is a Medicare requirement that hospitals are forced to comply with even though we know it isn’t the best for patient care.”
“From a patient’s perspective, it is very difficult to intelligently discuss insurance issues while on mind-altering medications and struggling to breathe.”
The Center for Spiritual Emergence and local therapists provide care for individuals undergoing a spiritual or existential crisis. Providers rule out psychotic episodes and medical conditions to help those undergoing a powerful, life-changing experience of a spiritual nature.
If you seek nontraditional health care, such as integrative or complementary approaches, does insurance cover it? Although the vast majority of such services are paid out of pocket, there are some exceptions and signs of change for the future. “I know that there is a trend in that direction, when you’re talking about integrative medicine […]
After the head of the state Department of Health and Human Services spoke for nearly an hour about plans to overhaul Medicaid, local providers say details and questions about the future of the program remain unknown and unanswered. (Photo of DHHS Secretary Alonda Wos by Caitlin Byrd)
Twitter-coverage of Heath Shuler’s radio comments today about health insurance.
Every restaurant server knows the verbal tipper—the customer who doles out extravagant praise and leaves behind a measly 15 percent. In the food-and-beverage biz, such stinginess isn’t just an aggravation: It makes it significantly harder for a server, who’s typically paid less than $3 an hour, to afford flu shots, prescription drugs and annual checkups. […]
Lack of health insurance kills nearly 1,000 adult North Carolinians a year, according to Families USA, a nonprofit that advocates for high-quality, affordable health care.
Rep. Heath Shuler met with local business owners and area executives in the medical and insurance fields on Thursday to discuss the need for, and the lack of, health insurance for small-business employees.