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How You As a Physician Can Help During The Recession
Posted on: Monday, December 14, 2009
While the general feeling is to hunker down and wait for the recession to be over, the best predictions show that America will not start to recover at the consumer level until the fall of 2010. We think you’ll agree that this is a gap in income that any physician can still afford. What can you do to be proactive about making an income and helping your patients out during the recession?
1. Cut Back on Staff
Take a hard and cold look at your administrative staff. Are there people there who are just punching the clock that you’ve been ignoring because they are the cousin of a friend? Now is the time to cut them loose.
2. Contact All Of Your Patients
Send out a letter, an e-mail newsletter, or both letting your patients know that you are flexible in these times of financial hardships. How flexible is up to you; perhaps you want to arrange a monthly payment plan or some other form of deferred payment. Small discounts on checkups may be enough to get any fence-sitters into the clinic.
3. Contact Problem Patients by Phone
If you have patients that you know do not have coverage or may have recently lost their coverage, have your staff contact them and see if they can work out a customized plan with them that is tailored to their needs. You’ll generally find out about these as a result of the letter campaign.
4. List Helpful Organizations On Your Website
In your letter, e-mail newsletter, and website you may want to include a list of organizations that will assist with the costs of health care and prescription medications. Get in touch with your pharma company representatives and try to get samples out of them that you can give to needier patients. They will likely have a plan in place to help your patients as well. Some of these organizations can be found here.
Being proactive in this time of crisis will not just help your patients, but it will cement your relationship with your patients after the recession is over and drive your patient referrals through the roof.
For more tips see this article at Physician’s News.
Tags: Physician Income, physician news, recession
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