The health system has changed considerably over the past two years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has allowed more people to obtain health insurance, albeit at the expense of higher deductibles. I dare to say most people may frown when hearing about the Affordable Care Act, but there have been some small perks for most insured patients; no copay for annual visits, free contraception, and most importantly, an affordable plan and increased access to health care. This change has impacted all medical practices that do not provide concierge services or have a large percentage of insured patients, leading into a large revenue loss for many practices. In some instances, this loss of revenue may cause scheduling adjustments, closure of practices, personnel
changes, as well as outsourcing of tasks. More work needs to be done at a higher level with the insurance companies, but that is a discussion for another day.
Review the following list of routine services that are performed based on your age and then call your health care provider to schedule an appointment. Remember that your personal medical history and family history are helpful when deciding on appropriate tests and immunizations are recommended based on age and possible risk of exposure.
By Dr. Gloria Ivey-Crowe