October is most commonly the month employers use to roll out and review benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and more.

Here at The Allergy Station, we put paramount emphasis on VALUE. Simply put, that’s quality divided by cost – simple math.

There have been several sobering headlines related to healthcare costs in recent weeks, which we feel warrant your attention. These articles bring to light that health, health insurance, healthcare financing, and the cost of healthcare, are moving in totally different trajectories.

Deductibles rise 218% in 10 years, 8 times faster than wages

https://www.mdedge.com/familypracticenews/article/176457/practice-management/employer-health-insurance-deductibles-rising

Competition plummets in ACA, and mergers threaten price controls

https://www.doctornews.com/article/competition-aca-exchanges-has-plummeted-2016?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkRRMU9EYzNOalkzWWpSbCIsInQiOiJnTmZDdEhwR0FQSTVYendcL2Z0d1wvcE1IZFBHYXEzWHd1endLSE5jMVh3d0VpZlQ2SlpBY2FZUGxVOFNHV1FuQ3Z3Z3NXdXVweGNEOEtCY09xUjVVRngycElwd2tzWEkydUszTEQyOGhHaEtSMFJkWFdrZUlTdTJkMkltMWtDTWVzIn0%3D

https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-nearing-antitrust-approval-of-health-mergers-combining-cvs-aetna-cigna-express-scripts-1536171360

Systems charge outrageous prices, vertical integrations (hospital-owned practices) spike

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/10/29/660330047/bill-of-the-month-a-48-329-allergy-test-is-a-lot-of-scratch

https://www.doctornews.com/article/california-sues-sutter-anticompetitive-practices-high-costs?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWldVNU1XWTBNekF5Tm1JMCIsInQiOiJLdXdYeDIzZ1JKUlVqSE85YUY5UVFqWG5HUFlPeVU2QW1jeFBTUkFYQldHcnluSlwvTUl5S0tSRjAxYlBGY0F5ZDl5SklrSkRHekluUlBnMk5IWVNUS0g4NHdcL3JnRkJJRjFVSWVmVlMwUW9EZnNkM3VRR2ZzcDk5YWFVT0ZkT2NqIn0%3D

By delivering direct care (concierge) medicine and specializing in allergy/immunology, we have been able to offer quality, transparency, access, value, safety and service in a fashion unparalleled and unavailable elsewhere in modern healthcare. Not surprisingly, these qualities are what patients really want.

https://www.doctornews.com/article/what-patients-really-want-and-why-healthcare-companies-should-care?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpReE5qa3dabU13WXpZdyIsInQiOiJpb3poYkJVZjhSb09rWFhpbDJ5cVBaREN2ekpXQXVzaHZsTHd4TzYyXC8wWmtPb1lkM0hicEZcL3FrSGpteXBqXC9ZbTNUZGRad0tNaG1KMVA4UTV2M0ZtNVowQTJRblA5YUc0NWlXSUhudmtEaEZtdWZEOUxrQTVJUnE0YnZsaVhQUCJ9

Consumer Reports February 2018 issue ran a fabulous piece on “Your Health Dollars.” In it they recommended ways to: shop pharmacy costs, research treatments, know what’s free, leverage tax breaks, and get care on the calendar. This is a great overview for the savvy healthcare consumer.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2018/02/index.htm Page 28-29

https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/health-savings-account-hsa/

I believe that our practice is leveling the playing field, in a widely distorted, distracted, profit-driven market. The Allergy Station is delivering health AND healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered. With Service. Safety. Access. Quality. Transparency. And Value.