As a medical provider, I have seen an increase over the last two years in the number of patients who use healthshares to manage their healthcare.
Having been on both sides of the healthcare encounter for three years as a member and a provider for Liberty HealthShare, I wholeheartedly welcome healthshare members as patients.
The healthsharing billing process is very straightforward, and I like that healthsharing is a community endeavor as members agree to share the burdens of medical expenses among themselves. The shared funds go to members with needs, and the funds are not used for excessive corporate profits or government bureaucracy.
In contrast, my patients' administrative work who have insurance is lengthy and takes time away from their care, which increases the expense of care. The reimbursement rate that I receive from healthsharing members is comparable to that of most insurance plans.
In my practice, I have found that most healthshare members are financially responsible and are prepared to pay for services if needed. This allows me to focus my attention on the reason for scheduling an appointment in the first place, their healthcare!
I have found that it's easier to work with the mindset of a patient who is healthshare member. Healthsharing members are often required to maintain a healthier lifestyle, and as a result, they are often better stewards of their well-being. They tend to be better informed and more proactive about their health.
There are a few disadvantages of healthsharing from a provider's point of view. Sharable services are limited, and the time it takes to receive direct share payments can be lengthy. However, this is no different from the situation with many insurance plans.
To conclude, once healthshare members understand how their healthsharing program works, they are desirable for providers such as myself.
I welcome healthsharing members into my practice, and I look forward to serving more in the future.
Dr. David Graber is a nationally recognized Chiropractic Sports Physician who practices in Parsippany, New Jersey. He is a member of Liberty HealthShare and serves on Liberty's Members Advisory Council.