A doctor with a different idea

A safe prediction about 2013 is that the health care delivery system will see multiple changes, in Georgia and elsewhere.

Hospitals partnering with other hospitals, and buying physician practices. Employers and insurers trying new techniques to contain costs. And everybody looking ahead to the full implementation of health reform in 2014.

New models of primary care are already taking shape.

An example, from a Gwinnett Daily Post article, is a Duluth physician who does not accept insurance but runs his business on a cash basis. Dr. Ravin Talati charges $35 per month and $15 per visit for “members,” and has discounted rates for lab work.

Here’s a link to the story on his insurance-free medical practice.