Ep. 34 Free-market solutions in a world of third-party payers

Vatsal Thakkar, MD

The arcane procedure patients must follow to file out-of-network claims is an important obstacle for a more widespread embrace of a third-party free medical practice.  Could that process be made less daunting?

Our guest is Vatsal G. Thakkar, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, as well as op-ed contributor to Doximity and The New York Times.  He is the founder and CEO of Reimbursify, a startup in the out-of-network reimbursement space.


Vatsal Thakkar, MD, Doximity profile

Company: Reimbursify


Vatsal Thakkar. The Illicit Perks of the M.D. Club (Op-Ed in The New York Times)


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  1. Anthony Perry on 10/08/2018 at 9:09 PM

    Another chink in the armor of the 3rd party payers. Interesting also that the application works for non-physician providers.

    I can understand Anish’s dilemma since I had similar hesitation. Something like Thomas Jefferson’s situation – the nexus between one’s sympathies and practicality. In my case the awareness of the possibility of foregoing insurance came long after my practice was established and the action would have seemed like abandonment, not to mention the risk of starting over at a late point in my career.
    However the more there are practical examples of those who have made the change successfully the faster the movement will snowball. I would love to know Michel’s personal experiences, how and when he came to make the decision to declare independence and how it has worked out from practice satisfaction and economic standpoints. You should do such a program and perhaps one in which Michel’s and Anish’s practices compare and contrast.

    • Michel Accad on 10/08/2018 at 9:56 PM

      We’ll keep that in mind. Thank you!

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