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Old 02-19-2015, 10:58 AM
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Default Thinking of leaving the Villages Health Care System

I was happy with the Villages Health Care System, but I am know considering finding a local doctor out of their network (recommendations are appreciated) I am in the middle of a health issue, have seen the doctor several times in the last month, have gone for blood work twice. The latest blood work was done on Feb 13th. Finally saw the results in my patient portal on Feb 17th; called that morning to discuss, emailed the doc on the 18th asking them to call me to discuss, called again this morning asking to speak with someone about the results - still waiting for a call back. This is no way to treat a patient. I have gone from very upset to very mad. Has anyone else experienced this with the villages health care system?
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:35 AM
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We have only had good experiences at Colony. The doctor as well as her assistant spend time with you and both listen. Labs were posted on the portal within a coiple days. Referrals were sent in same day. Drugs refills must have been sent same day because they were ready for pickup at publix next day. We are both pretty healthy for old farts. Msybe we would feel differently if we had health issues.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:48 AM
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I would drive over there and demand to see the Director. Not sure you are guaranteed something similar won't happen at another practice so I would try and fix the problem first....in person and with force.
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I will be at the TV soon and need to find a new Dr and Dentist.
Anyone care to recommend one or both ?
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Rick
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:04 PM
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I will be at the TV soon and need to find a new Dr and Dentist.
Anyone care to recommend one or both ?
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I believe I must have been the first one to ever ask who pays the doctors who work for The Villages Clinics.

Are you ready for this? It's United Healthcare!

They pay each doctor monthly, so much per patient, and I assume it must be only for the HMO members. Example: If a doctor has 1,250 HMO patients and gets $10. per month for each one, his/her gross salary would be $150,000.00 per year. But remember, that's just an example. I wasn't told the exact amount.

This leads to other questions such as, "How does this arrangement affect patient care?" Suppose a doctor orders multiple tests or refers the patients to multiple specialists? That might be bad, financially, for the HMO. Would the doctor's salary be reduced accordingly. Will doctors get a bonus for giving the least amount of care possible? Remember, HMOs are all about business.
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I believe I must have been the first one to ever ask who pays the doctors who work for The Villages Clinics.

Are you ready for this? It's United Healthcare!....
I would like to see your support for this information. Could you please provide a link in your response?
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I believe I must have been the first one to ever ask who pays the doctors who work for The Villages Clinics.

Are you ready for this? It's United Healthcare!

They pay each doctor monthly, so much per patient, and I assume it must be only for the HMO members. Example: If a doctor has 1,250 HMO patients and gets $10. per month for each one, his/her gross salary would be $150,000.00 per year. But remember, that's just an example. I wasn't told the exact amount.

This leads to other questions such as, "How does this arrangement affect patient care?" Suppose a doctor orders multiple tests or refers the patients to multiple specialists? That might be bad, financially, for the HMO. Would the doctor's salary be reduced accordingly. Will doctors get a bonus for giving the least amount of care possible? Remember, HMOs are all about business.
HMO patients never get the same care. The Dr's get paid for all patients that are assigned to him, weather they see them or not. The same check every month. weather the Villages Health care is considered an HMO, I have no idea......well, I do have an idea...I think it is, but I'm not sure. Personally, I would only use a PPO, so I can see any Dr in network....weather here in TV or another state. Same cost as the advantage HMO's (the amount Social Seecurity takes out).
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I would like to see your support for this information. Could you please provide a link in your response?
Ha! A link? Are you kidding? They are not going public with this if they can help it. I went to a recent lecture and asked the question, and there will be many more lectures to come. If you would call the USF Health office, I'm sure someone there would be able to help you. Be sure to lets us know what you find out.
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HMO patients never get the same care. The Dr's get paid for all patients that are assigned to him, weather they see them or not. The same check every month. weather the Villages Health care is considered an HMO, I have no idea......well, I do have an idea...I think it is, but I'm not sure. Personally, I would only use a PPO, so I can see any Dr in network....weather here in TV or another state. Same cost as the advantage HMO's (the amount Social Seecurity takes out).

One of the UHC relationships is a de facto HMO. Another is a fairly standard PPO. If you have traditional Medicare with a UHC supplement then you can select any practitioner or facility as long as they accept Medicare. The physician and dentist I noted above are in individual private practices and I personally use them.
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Well, I think it makes sense. Someone has to pay the salaries and to me the insurance company would seem to be the most logical party. If not UHC, who else would pay the salaries?
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Well, I think it makes sense. Someone has to pay the salaries and to me the insurance company would seem to be the most logical party. If not UHC, who else would pay the salaries?

A hospital or large private practice would typically employ physicians. If UHC does employ certain physicians that would be an unusual relationship.
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I believe I must have been the first one to ever ask who pays the doctors who work for The Villages Clinics.

Are you ready for this? It's United Healthcare!

They pay each doctor monthly, so much per patient, and I assume it must be only for the HMO members. Example: If a doctor has 1,250 HMO patients and gets $10. per month for each one, his/her gross salary would be $150,000.00 per year. But remember, that's just an example. I wasn't told the exact amount.

This leads to other questions such as, "How does this arrangement affect patient care?" Suppose a doctor orders multiple tests or refers the patients to multiple specialists? That might be bad, financially, for the HMO. Would the doctor's salary be reduced accordingly. Will doctors get a bonus for giving the least amount of care possible? Remember, HMOs are all about business.
So, if you have no clue & and you were told no amount, why did you post this ? Just askin' .
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Ha! A link? Are you kidding? They are not going public with this if they can help it.
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So, if you have no clue & and you were told no amount, why did you post this ? Just askin' .
I was wondering the same thing.
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I was wondering the same thing.
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