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The days of the traditional practice are greatly diminished.
In our current healthcare system, doctors and patients alike are struggling and dissatisfied. Doctors are burning out, most often due to the stress of practicing in a dysfunctional system where they have lost control. Patients are footing increasing out-of-pocket expenses while dealing with fewer treatment choices and denials of coverage for necessary care. As frustrations mount, all parties are looking for alternatives.
The days of the traditional practice are greatly diminished. Many doctors, especially lesser-paid specialties like primary care doctors, battle to stay in business, while at the same time navigating the increasing complexities of medical treatment. Many patients, and doctors, prefer the small practice environment where continuity of care rules. But many doctors are leaving this model behind as the pressures mount to insurmountable levels. Some doctors in private practice contract with all insurance plans. Some limit their practice to only commercial insurance plans, opting out of Medicaid and/or Medicare. Additionally, some patients accept only plans with out-of-network options, choosing not to be on the insurance company panels.
Other than small private practices, what other models are seen in medical practice?
While our current healthcare system continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see which of these models take root.