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Dear PoPville – Alarming medical practice trend in DC

by Prince Of Petworth June 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm 88 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I am a DC resident living Logan Circle. Yesterday, I received a letter from the office of my primary care physician asking me to join a Privia Health membership in order to receive “VIP” treatment when going in for services at his office. It asked for $25 per month in membership dues ($40 per month if over the age of 40) and indicated that if I do not join, there is a chance that I will be relegated to being treated by a physicians assistant or nurse practitioner. The letter stated that this is a new business model many physicians are soon to follow, and that others have gone “cash only” in lieu of accepting health insurance. I am shocked and thought many of your readers would be too. I fear this may be a growing trend in the DC area and I’m not sure what role, if any, health care reform is playing. It seems like a way for doctors to make more money rather than book more patients.”j

Anyone else ever heard of a “VIP” treatment option?

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