Once upon a time before government got intertwined with our everyday lives, before Medicare, even before health insurance, there was a time when people actually paid doctors for medical care with...cash. Yes, we know, "What kind of cannabis are you smoking?" you may ask but it is true. Recently the Miami Herald revealed that there exists in our community a doctor who not only won't accept insurance-- not even Medicare-- but who runs his practice on a cash-only basis. His name is Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger and he is the latest recipient for MVB's "Big Idea Award."
His story, captioned by the Herald as "The Maverick MD," is our kind of guy. He's a visionary who marches to the beat of a different drummer and because of that is forcing other doctors to rethink their partnership with the bloated healthcare industry. Considered a "progressive maverick," Dr. Wollschlager supports universal healthcare and the movement to all-electronic medical records.
By adopting MVB's "less is more" approach to most things in general, he has been able to make medical care affordable to everyone. Instead of paying staff to help run his office-- including bookkeepers to handle the deluge of paperwork required by Medicare-- he basically-- thanks to the computer-- runs his office by himself. Appointments and follow-up questions are made online with waiting in the office no more than 5 or 10 minutes. Office visits range between $65 and $75.
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Regarding the traditional awards ceremony at Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti, many of you will again be happy to learn that our official award giver Bob Enzyte was able to complete the entire function without once dropping his pants. Perhaps that had something to do with Dr. Wollschlaeger. Bob could be seen conferring with the good doctor during the dinner proceeding the presentation of the coveted award. We noticed that he more than once stopped Bob from trying to remove his pants. Perhaps he was able to convince Bob to forsake self-medication or at least recommend a shrink who can help him. Only time will tell.