July 7, 2009

Unlimited medical care for $119 a month?

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This sounds too good to be true, and there is a curious thing about this story, but here goes:  A new health clinic funded by venture capitalists promises unlimited medical care for $99 to $119 a month with – this is where it really gets thick – no waiting to see your doc and no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.  Quliance is the clinic, which is said in David Lawsky’s Reuters story to be “for people fed up with insurance, started by doctors fed up with insurance.” OK, here’s the catch: “Patients must go to outside brokers and qualify medically to buy catastrophic care. One broker said a 30-year-old could expect to pay $133 per month for such care, and a 60-year-old nearly $400, plus substantial deductibles.” Still, even with the $99 fee to join, that works out to less than many people are paying right now. It seems curious that Lawsky’s story on this clinic in Seattle is datelined San Francisco. We found it in today’s Vancouver Sun.

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