Shrinking physician networks are more and more commonplace. Last week, I read an article in BenefitsPro called “10 States with the Narrowest Physician Networks." Probably because of all those David Letterman years, I’m a sucker for any Top 10 List. This list didn't have quite the same punchlines.
So which states made the list and what can you do about it if you're a broker or employer trying to assemble an attractive benefit plan?
My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. She lived in Canada. I was concerned with a couple things her physician was doing. I wondered whether it was the best approach. For me, online doctors made all the difference.
Where do you go with a specific health question these days?
I was born in Canada the year nationalized health care started there (that was 1967 for you history buffs). It was well-funded and provided great care for a few decades. But medical inflation was out of control. By 1991, when I moved to the U.S., the medical plans started to get stripped down to the bare minimum. This opened up opportunities for brokers to add new employee benefits to their suite of offerings.