I have to say this was extremely upsetting to me and quite a shock since the Privia membership is $2000 a year per personand both my husband and I see this doctor and have been seeing him for almost 10 years. I am very dependent on him at this point because he is treating me for chronic lyme and he is the only one I trust to help me get better. I can't afford to pay an additional $4000 a year just so that I can get a guarantee that I can see my own doctor!
I have had so many bad experiences with doctors but this one has been excellent. He has been caring and compassionate and he is smart and on top of things. He hasn't accepted insurance for a number of years and my husband and I have been willing to pay out of pocket to see him, but adding another $4000 on top of that really seems outrageous, especially considering my husband probably only sees him once a year.
He says his reasoning is that he is getting so many patients that need to be treated for lyme, he doesn't want to limit the number of people he can treat. He has been speaking on NPR and has been on television and I'm sure he has tons of people who really do need treatment. To me, though, he should refer his new patients to the nurse practitioner and continue to treat the patients he has already has a relationship with. What do you think?
I'd love to hear from anyone who understands more about Privia and if this is something that is going to start cropping up everywhere.
Edited by LisaTheresa, 15 July 2009 - 09:29 AM.