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* 1. Is lowering/eliminating expenses related with insurance companies an option you’d be interested in exploring?

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* 2. Do you feel like insurance companies more often work with you or against you?

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* 3. What are some of the administrative issues/frictions points that your practice faces when dealing with insurance companies?

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* 4. Would providing patients a transparent cost and easy mechanism for paying cash for medical services improve, degrade or have no effect on the Provider/Patient relationship? Why?

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* 5. How frequently and to what degree does dealing with insurance affect how you care for your patients?

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* 6. How have patients altered or dissented your medical advice based on lack of knowledge the insurance reimbursement processes or a fear that insurance will not cover the procedure?

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* 7. Would having a cash based system improve, decrease or have no impact on the quality of care you provide for you patients?  What would account for this change?

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* 8. If a patient wanted to pay with cash only and not utilize his/her insurance plan, what factors would you use to determine the amount to charge the patient?

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* 9. If a cash payment system had a automatic mechanism to charge a nominal fee to patients who did not show for their scheduled appointment without sufficient notice would your office take advantage of this?

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* 10. Does the timing difference between when you charge for a service/procedure and when the cash is collected concern you?

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* 11. You billed $1,000 for a service/procedure and between co-pays, follow-up patient payments and insurance payments you received $600 with a collection process taking 3 months.  What amount is acceptable if the amount owed was paid upfront?

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* 12. Do you foresee a future where health care exists without insurance being a primary concern for patients?

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* 13. Do you foresee High Deductible Health Care Insurance Plans increasing in number in the future?

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* 14. Based on conversations with your patients, do you feel there is a market for cash based medical services?  

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* 15. Do you have any other comments on a cash based medical care system?

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* 16. What type of practice do you operate?  (General, Pediatric, Orthopedic, Etc.)

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