Private Healthcare Providers Discussed By Medical Malpractice Lawyer
The days of individual physicians, groups of physicians or other private healthcare providers treating patients through what traditionally has been known as private practice may well being coming to a close.
With increasing emphasis on cost effectiveness in healthcare, many private practices and physicians are being bought up and consolidated by major healthcare facilities and then relocated to some central location where there can be some certain economies of scale applied.
The day when every doctor had a receptionist and billing clerks to cover their individual practices may simply be too expensive. It is more efficient for physicians themselves to either consolidate or for major healthcare facilities to buy up those practices and then consolidate practices and have simply one receptionist and one central billing facility for the private physicians.
In addition there is increasing pressure from employers to cause employees to look for healthcare practices that are the most cost effective. Going to an individual physician who has to bill for overhead relating to office space and personnel may simply be too redundant.
Many hospitals now are leasing entire buildings with the idea of filling these buildings with captive physicians who work for the hospital and thereby not only are a source of business for the hospital but also provide certain efficiencies as to the individual practitioner.
One advantage to the individual practitioner is the elimination of any medical malpractice insurance costs. Those costs are absorbed by the hospital that employs them
Countering this increased consolidation is the ongoing popularity of urgent care centers, which provide generalized treatment for patients with minor illnesses on a walk-in basis. The popularity of that type of no-wait, no-frills medical provider is still on the rise.
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