“Spitting in the eye of the village witch.” – More doctors are shunning private insurance:

The staff has shrunk to nine employee from 16. Fairfield now charges a flat fee of $65 for an office visit. Surgical fees vary by procedure.

He argues the arrangement is similar to how many dentists and most veterinarians are paid.

Fairfield said 170 patients have left the practice for other physicians who accept insurance. However, he noted, he has gained 471 new patients.

“Most patients understand why I did this and they appreciate the extra time I get to spend with them,” he said. “The staff is happy they have more time to talk with patients and their families. There’s a nice atmosphere in the office.”

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