It’s no secret that for a self-employed artist, health insurance can be very hard to come by. That’s why a new family medicine business model is popping up around the SLC. Personal Family Physicians is a front runner in the new model – they see uninsured patients. Only. That’s right, your health insurance is not accepted by Dr. Michael Jennings.
Instead, to be Dr. Jenning’s patient, you pay cash to enroll annually as a patient. Dr. Jennings charges an annual fee that, to my understanding, costs about half the going rate of health insurance, though rates vary. You can pay all at once for the year, or pay less every month. If you have a family, the rates per family member are lower once the first individual enrolls. You then get all the primary care services you need, from Pap smears to stitches, and even some – by appointment – urgent care services, right there in his office on Wasatch Boulevard. For those who need it, Dr. Jennings will make house calls when needed.
If Dr. Jennings can’t do it in his office, for example, MRIs or X-rays, his team will work to find a discounted service for you. They will also help you enroll on discounted prescription drug plans or help you find the lowest price for self-pay medication.
This is an innovative new way of providing health care in an economy where solutions are desperately needed by the self-employed. In the current economy, its not just artists who are self employed, as more businesses start up when the economy is in poor health, as folks like you and me try to eek out a living when jobs are scarce.
Dr. Jenning’s website is http://www.pfpslc.com/, check it out if you are a self-employed artist, or are between health insurance plans.