5 Options for Healthcare You've Never Thought About

[wp_ad_camp_1] With recent changes in healthcare policies, many people are finding themselves unhappy with their options, confused about how their new policy works, or finding they are unable to get an appointment with their physician. Many people are still under the misconception they have no other alternatives to public healthcare. But in fact, there are other practices out there. Here are five viable options for alternative healthcare.

1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupoints along the skin of the body that involves various methods such as:

  • Application of heat
  • Pressure points
  • Laser
  • Penetration of thin needles

A branch of traditional Chinese medicine, acutherapy is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine. The ultimate goal with acupuncture is to stimulate the areas of pain and eventually heal them without needing scientific medicinal processes like surgery or prescription drugs.

2. Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment is a form of alternative medicine that deals with the healing and prevention of mechanical disorders of the neuro-musculoskletal system. Chiropractors place an emphasis on manual therapy of spinal manipulation and other joint and soft tissue techniques. Like acupuncture, chiropractics are for the purpose of manipulating the muscles back into perfect order without needing surgery.

3. Concierge Medicine

Concierge medicine is a form of private healthcare where the patient pays an annual fee or retainer directly to the physician instead of the insurance company. One of the benefits of using concierge medicine is that the patient deals directly with the doctor; thus there is no insurance middleman.

Companies like MDVIP provide private healthcare for an affordable rate. MDVIP concierge doctors are able to develop a relationship with their patients because they are not inundated with patients like public healthcare doctors.

4. Direct Primary Healthcare

Similar to private concierge care, many doctors are either considering this route or have already chosen this option because it provides better care to their patients. Direct primary healthcare is a doctor-patient relationship where the patient pays an annual fee or monthly fee directly to the doctor without any insurance requirement because these doctors have decided to opt out of traditional healthcare or a government insurance exchange.

Not only can direct primary care, also known as DPC, turn out to be more affordable, but it also provides better care to the patient. This is because the doctors can know their patients on a more personal issue and spend plenty of time with each visit instead of having to cut appointments short because of an influx of patients and is available to their patients at any time.

5. Healthcare Sharing Ministry

This option is an alternative to a normal insurance policy and is a voluntary, charitable membership with different organizations that share medical expenses amongst the enrollees. Members of these organizations are exempt from paying the tax for being uninsured, and the cost tends to be about half that of Obamacare. These organizations are not government regulated and include names like:

  • Samaritan Ministries
  • Christian Healthcare Ministries
  • Christian Care Ministry
  • Liberty Health Share

From private healthcare to muscle manipulation there are plenty of public healthcare alternatives to suit anyone’s needs.