Published: March 13, 2012
Heart Health & Wellness
It has been a little more than a year since we launched our Heart Health & Wellness program, which was conceived with two primary goals: Safeguarding patients' health and their pocketbooks.
I am pleased to report that increased interest in this direct-care model, which emphasizes living better through preventative medicine, has encouraged us to expand to include more subscribers. Now we also accept Medicare-eligible patients. So, anyone from 25 to 100 years old can sign up to take advantage of this money-saving, individualized health care program, which was the first of its kind in Hernando County.
Detecting health problems and treating them before they worsen should be every health care provider's priority. It not only saves lives, it saves money by avoiding trips to emergency rooms and expensive stays in hospitals.
For many consumers, those costs are a threat to their financial, as well as their physical well-being. That is particularly true at a time when so many people are unemployed, living on fixed incomes and unable to afford private insurance, or even the co-pays for their Medicare-covered visits and procedures.
Our Heart Health & Wellness program attacks that problem at its core. No one is denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions and there are no hidden costs. Subscribers pay only $150 a month to receive the following services:
Two routine office visits per year.
Baseline cardiovascular testing that includes a stress test, an echocardiogram, vascular studies and a 24-hour halter monitor study.
Monthly tests for patients who take Coumadin.
An annual flu shot.
A one-year supply of Black seed, a supplement that strengthens the immune system.
Once-a-week email access directly to Dr. Eldin. Referrals to other specialists, if needed.
Members-only access to online educational programs.
Also, subscribers who pre-pay their fee for the coming year receive a 10-percent discount, bringing the monthly cost down to $135.
These medical services (view complete list) are customized in three categories to individual patients' needs, which is the wave of the future in the private health care industry. Such personalized, affordable care is a response from reputable doctors to the greed of insurance companies, unscrupulous physicians who order unnecessary tests, procedures and medicines, and the rampant Medicare fraud crisis.