Welcome to 2013, described by some of our best philosophers as “The Great Turning”. This is a time of great change but also great opportunity for creativity. A Womanswellspring is changing as well. We are successful as an independent women’s wellness center. In order to continue to advance and improve, there will be some changes in the financial structure and some new offerings for the coming year.
I am beginning an annual fee of $250 in addition to the usual charges for the office visit. The annual fee is deliberately kept low in order to allow as many of you as possible to participate. The annual fee will give us enough financial stability to expand the Wellspring educational offerings. You can also elect to pay in quarterly installment of $62.50.
The best way to think about this new financial format is as a co-operative. By supporting your local community based physician, you will receive benefits. Rather than a financial dividend at the end of the year, you will receive useful and interesting educational experiences, as well as a 25% discount on classes and supplements. Plans for 2013 include an expanded Mini-Medical School lecture series. There will be six lectures a year given at 12:30 PM the first Saturday of even numbered months. All lectures take place at Chautauqua Hall, in Pacific Grove. Topics will decided by consensus and will be interactive. There are additional health improvement projects planned for later in the year. Research consistently shows that when we work together consistantly toward improvement of your health, we get much better outcomes, and that is the direction we will take in 2013.
This is not a boutique or concierge model. Concierge practices are designed to deliver primary care to a smaller number of patients with more personal attention at a fairly substantial price. Womanswellspring is a consulting service, working with your primary care provider. We offer longer office visits, and in depth and interdisciplinary coverage of health issues not possible in a conventional medical practice. If you decide to decline our invitation, I will continue to care for you on an emergency basis until January 31, 2013, and will make every effort to help you find another physician.
I hope as many of you as possible can join in this great adventure of life!
Blessings on your New Year.