Nation’s First Medical Practice for Freelancers

November 26, 2012

Healthcare for freelancers just got a little bit better.

Today in downtown Brooklyn, the nation’s only state-of-the-art primary care practice for freelancers opened its doors. This facility will serve the city’s growing independent workforce, which includes  freelancers, entrepreneurs, part-timers, independent contractors, and the self-employed.

We, and I can truly say we, account for 1 out of 3 U.S. workers.

Just so you know, my family’s insurance plan happens to be from Freelancers Insurance Company (FIC). We pay approximately $1,200 per month for coverage. It sounds like things just got even better if this facility is as good as it sounds.

For quite some time, I have been  following the progress of this new medical practice developed by Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz, a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award. Thanks to Horowitz’s vision, Freelancers Medical is open to FIC enrollees, offering primary care as well as preventative and personal wellness programs (guided meditation, yoga, mental health services, and nutrition counseling).

Very smart to have preventative health and wellness programs.

“I’m thrilled to launch Freelancers Medical, our new cutting-edge healthcare program with a dedicated primary care practice in the heart of Brooklyn,” said Horowitz and quoted in a recent press release.

“Forty-two million of the nation’s most innovative, entrepreneurial workers struggle to cover their basic healthcare needs because they’re freelancers, and don’t have the luxury of work-sponsored health insurance. That’s why we’re harnessing the growing market power of the independent workforce and re-imagining what healthcare can and should be for new economy workers.”

At Freelancers Medical’s primary care practice, patients can expect:

–No co-pay

–Free Wi-Fi

–Access to doctors and health coaches by phone, text, email, and Skype

–Free workshops onsite focused on health, wellness, and prevention, including healthy cooking classes, smoking cessation programs, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and ergonomics.

I am excited to visit the facility soon.

 

 

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