Dr. Sherris believes the health insurance industry (including Medicare) is largely responsible for the increased cost and decreased quality of tradition medicine. Medical insurance would be a very useful way to protect oneself from unexpected large medical bills. Unfortunately, the insurance industry has been set up in a way that forces people to accept the "one drug for one disease" paradigm of medical care. While this works well for some acute medical problems, such as infections, it fails horribly for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, dementia, and other neurological conditions.
Physicians are forced to practice medicine in a manner that fulfills insurance mandates rather than in a manner that is most beneficial for the patient. As this system as taken hold, most physicians fall into the trap of believing that if Medicare allows a test or procedure then that procedure must be indicated, and even worse, that if Medicare denies a test or procedure then that procedure is not appropriate for the patient.
Dr. Sherris has opted out of the Medicare system. He does not accept assignment for payment from any insurance company, and he does not fill out any insurance forms. Dr. Sherris does not believe it is possible to provide good health care in the six minutes of face time allocated for the typical doctor's visit.
Paulo Simões Mendes