New York Times: Doctors, Revolt!

Young, ambitious, idealistic doctors are telling us: “Hell no.”

They will not be forced to see 25-30 patients per day. 15 minutes per patient appointment. “Treat ’em and street ’em.” Sick care, instead of proper preventative care.

These young doctors, in their late 20’s and early 30’s, are leading a change in our healthcare system. A change that is realistic and achievable today, without massive healthcare policy reform. Without depending on insurance companies and large healthcare systems.

A New York Times Opinion piece this weekend, written by a young doctor in residency training, calls for a “return to the fundamentals of doctoring – listening to know the patient behind the symptoms.”

And that “doctors of conscience” have to “resist the industrialization of their profession.”

We completely agree. And we’re doing something about it right now. Come join us.

The Best Writing of 2017: Concierge Medicine and Direct Primary Care

Wrapping up 2017, we’ve taken some time to reflect on this year’s best writing on the topics of concierge medicine, direct primary care, and direct-to-consumer healthcare in general.

These articles are a must read if you’re in the consumer healthcare business, we think.


Best Writing on the Importance of Relationships

The Heroism of Incremental Care
“We devote vast resources to intensive, one-off procedures, while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.”


Best Writing by a Venture Capitalist

“Customer First” Healthcare

“The combination of new technologies, data availability, information transparency, shifts in insurance coverage, regulatory reform, and consumer frustration has set the stage for a new era of healthcare service in the U.S. where the patient truly comes first.”


Best Explanation of Direct Primary Care

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A new kind of doctor’s office charges a monthly fee and doesn’t take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

“Direct primary care also comes with near-constant access to a doctor — talking via FaceTime while the family is on vacation, or taking an emergency trip to the office to get stitches after a bad fall on a Saturday night. Because direct primary care doesn’t take insurance, there are no copays and no costs beyond the monthly fee.”


Best Day-In-The-Life of a Direct-Pay Doctor

Meet the primary care doctor who’s happy with his job  (Also on KevinMD)

“Five years ago today I earned my last money from an insurance company. Yep, today is my five-year sobriety date.”


Best Overview of High-End Concierge Medicine

The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

“In many ways, today’s elite concierge physician provides the same service as the family doctor did a half-century ago for millions of Americans, except that it is reserved for the tiny sliver of the population who can pay tens of thousands of dollars annually for it.”


Best Video: Listening To Patients

“Patients do want to be involved, they just feel like they don’t have the say. The most important thing you can do is to communicate with your patients.”


Best Writing on the Importance of Conversation

The Conversation Placebo

“As health care faces its latest overhaul, it’s crucial for the medical profession, as well as insurance companies and decision makers in government, to recognize the power of the doctor-patient conversation. It’s the most valuable diagnostic tool we have and can be remarkably effective as a treatment tool as well.”


Best Writing on the Future of Telemedicine

Are Healthcare Systems About to be Amazoned? Telemedicine and Lessons from Internet Services

“The healthcare industry is about to face the same disruptive competition that has created havoc across an extraordinary range of local brick and mortar businesses, local services and local media. With increasing ferocity, telemedicine platforms, enabled by connected devices, will similarly reshape the landscape of U.S. healthcare services.”


Best Comic / Creative Writing

Medicine’s Women Problem

“It takes an average of five years and five doctors for autoimmune patients (75% of whom ar women) to get a proper diagnosis. And more than half of those report being labeled as ‘chronic complainers’.”


Bill Gurley: “Customer First” Healthcare is Coming

Yesterday Bill Gurley at Benchmark Capital wrote an excellent, comprehensive overview of Consumer Healthcare in the United States.

Highly recommended, read it now!

Bill is spot-on with his coverage and assessment, explaining that the stage is set for a “new era of healthcare service in the U.S. where the patient truly comes first.”

Here at SteadyMD, we’re tackling Primary Care – a large and important chunk of consumer healthcare – and we agree that a big change is coming.  Mostly because:

  • In-person, traditional Primary Care services have declined in quality.  A two-week wait to see a doctor. A doctor with 2,500 patients who cannot reasonably be expected to remember your name.
  • Urgent care (offline and online), while convenient, is a poor substitute. Each time, see a random doctor, nurse, or Physicians Assistant. No long-term relationship or continuity.
  • So many of us have had poor experiences with doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies.  Simply put, we’re fed up.

Why hasn’t change happened yet?  There’s one factor, we think, that has most significantly stifled innovation in direct-to-consumer healthcare:

  • The dependence on health insurance reimbursement.

And Bill nails it on the head:

“Do you want to know the real reason doctors do not answer email? Want to know the real reason telemedicine is not widely pervasive?”

“doctors simply do not know how to charge for [telemedicine visits].”

If you join SteadyMD, you are paired-up with a Primary Care doctor who has a limited number of patients.  At most 600 patients.  At least five-times more…time to listen to you and pay attention to you.  A doctor with whom you develop a real relationship.  A doctor friend.  Available anytime via secure text, phone, and video chat.

Further, that doctor doesn’t take insurance.  Doesn’t spend half of his time typing into a computer, mostly to make sure he gets paid by the insurance companies in $70 increments.

Available to anyone, anywhere in the country.  Concierge Primary Care made affordable.  $79-99 per month.

Proper long-term, preventative care.  Addressing the root cause of illness and disease.  Not just “firefighting” when problems come up.

Vastly improving the quality of Primary Care, addressing the shortcomings of urgent care, and completely unencumbered by health insurance.

Concierge Primary Care Doctor For Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes

Today we are proud to announce the launch of our Diabetes practice!

Have you or a loved-one been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes?

SteadyMD now offers the world’s first concierge medicine practice, fully online, specifically for preventing, managing, and reversing diabetes. And it’s affordable: $99 per month, no additional fees or co-pays.

You are partnered with a primary care doctor to help you get off your medications, lower your blood sugar, lose weight, and feel better. A doctor with a limited number of patients who really gets to know you, listens to you, and has time for you.

Available RIGHT NOW for residents of CA, TX, NY, FL, MD, VA, PA, IL, MI, MO, NJ, NC, and GA. Other states coming soon, so reserve your spot today even if you live elsewhere.

Led by our Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, who was named as “America’s Diabetes Defeating Doctor” by Prevention Magazine and who authored the “The Natural Way to Beat Diabetes,” published by Rodale.

SteadyMD covered in Outside Magazine

Full write up about SteadyMD in Outside Magazine! Thank you to Outside Magazine for taking the time to learn more and spread the word about how we’re improving healthcare for so many Americans around the country!⠀

We’re working directly with patients, completely outside of the existing healthcare system. Improving their lives and their healthcare in a way that is realistic and achievable right now without requiring massive healthcare reform.⠀

Giving patients something they cannot easily get in their home town. A doctor who has time to listen to them and pay attention to them. A doctor who “gets them” and is aligned with their life.⠀

Making concierge medical care affordable and available to everyone.