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Lost in the Health Insurance Game

Are you lost in the health insurance game? In the 13th episode of Healthcareonomics, Ashley Berges joined the radio show to discuss the health insurance game. In addition to hosting the syndicated radio talk “Perspectives with Ashley Berges,” Ashley is a certified life coach and family therapist.   Similar to the Colleyville Medical Clinic, Ashley does not take health insurance. How does accepting health insurance hurt a doctor and the patient?   “I think you kind of get devalued…when you’re only looking at the network, when you’re only focusing on who I can actually see, not actually who’s the best
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A Health Insurance Game Changer: The Wacasey Equation

For anyone who has ever experienced confusion or uncertainty when figuring out which is the most affordable and reasonable health insurance plan, there’s finally a sensible method to make open enrollment an easy process. Kevin Wacasey, M.D., introduces a health insurance game changer: The Wacasey Equation. This free tool is a simple and practical way to compare the value of different policies when buying health insurance.   The simple formula is P + O = W. The annual health insurance premium (P) is added to the out-of-pocket maximum of healthcare costs (O). The sum of “P + O” equals W,
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A 2015 Healthcare Preview

Are you looking for a 2015 healthcare preview? That’s a significant topic in Episode 12 of Healthcareonomics. If physicians and health insurance companies subscribed to the concepts of affordability, customer service and consumer choice, then 2015 will be an incredible year in healthcare. For sure, those three traits are what one finds at The Colleyville Medical Clinic.   For example, I have a “15 minutes or it’s free” policy meaning that if a patient waits longer than 15 minutes for a scheduled appointment, then their office visit charge is waived. This is what was said on the recent show on
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Will Consumer Choice Return to Healthcare?

Will consumer choice return to healthcare? Basically, in every other aspect of life, you have consumer choice. Why not healthcare? That’s a primary topic in the 11th episode of Healthcareonomics that is now available on podcast. Remember, I don’t want to change healthcare. I just want to change the way you think about healthcare. In addition to discussing the absence of consumer choice in healthcare, we discussed our previous visit with healthcare executive and Tea Party founder Michael Johns. We give you a behind the scenes look at my recent video, the reasoning behind publicizing the menu of charges on
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Would You Trust This Guy?

Recently I searched YouTube for “health insurance,” and this video popped up near the top of the list. Meet Joe Simonds (rhymes with diamonds): author, digital marketing maverick, and guru of the Retirement Think Tank. Now I’m sure Joe knows a thing or two about how to save for the golden years, but early on in his presentation he proves that he doesn’t know much about health insurance – after just 4 seconds he says he’s talking “about healthcare, or Obamacare, or whatever you want to call it.” It’s health insurance, Joe. You’re talking about health insurance. Anyway, the message Joe wants to send his viewers
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Tea Party Leader Michael Johns Joined Healthcareonomics

Tea Party leader Michael Johns joined Healthcareonomics for episode 10, the final show of 2015. In addition to being a Tea Party leader and founder, Michael is a healthcare executive who was a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush and policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation.   Michael Johns discussed a variety of topics including how the premise of Healthcareonomics correlates with the Tea Party’s viewpoint on healthcare…   “I think it correlates very closely. The Tea Party has been so focused, I think understandably so, we’ve been very focused on trying to fight back Obamacare for a bunch of
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Financial Literacy and The Wacasey Equation

In the 9th podcast of the Healthcareonomics Radio Show, we discussed Kathleen Sebelius, the new calculator/widget for The Wacasey Equation, what happens when you present your health insurance card at the Colleyville Medical Clinic and much more. Here’s an excerpt from the discussion on Kathleen Sebelius—the former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services… “They compared her to Jonathan Gruber for his remarks about how stupid the American voters are and that’s not what I think she was saying. She wasn’t saying that people are stupid per se, she was saying that their financial literacy, specifically when it comes
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Why Use The Wacasey Equation?

As open enrollment continues, millions will have to balance their needs against their bank accounts in a quest for the best health insurance plan. The Wacasey Equation helps turn this difficult decision into an easy one, and during the 8th radio show and podcast of Healthcareonomics, I show you how. It couldn’t be simpler. Just enter a couple of easily found numbers – the monthly premium and annual out-of-pocket maximum – from any health insurance policy. Add those up, and you get the true value of any health insurance policy: what you might spend on health insurance and health care for a given year. Think Gold is always the best health insurance? Use the formula to compare plans, and I’ll
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What’s Missing from Healthcare Today?

Do you know what’s missing from healthcare today?   “To me, there are three things missing from healthcare today…affordability, customer service and consumer choice,” Dr. Kevin Wacasey explained during the seventh episode of Healthcareonomics (find the podcast in this blog post and on iTunes).   Dr. Kevin Wacasey, who is the creator of Healthcareonomics, owns and operates The Colleyville Medical Clinic in Colleyville, Texas where he has a policy that if you wait more than 15 minutes to see him, then the charges are waived! You would be hard-pressed to find another doctor with that policy! Also, how many doctors do you
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How to Think About Healthcare

Dr. Kevin Wacasey wants to change healthcare by changing how you think about healthcare! The sixth podcast of Healthcareonomics begins with the story of how health insurance took over healthcare. Do you know when health insurance began? Do you know how much it for health insurance back in the day when insurance first was introduced? What is it about the copay? Dr. Wacasey also shares why health insurance companies are able to charge what they want in present day.   Dr. Wacasey also attacks and dissects specific headlines around the healthcare world. You can see any auto mechanic, barber or
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