Skip to main content

Frustrated with insurance, doc takes matters into own hands

October 25, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Dr. Zaheer Shah is both a physician and a lawyer, but he was never trained to work with one hand tied behind his back.
Unfortunately, when patients refuse a complete physical because they can’t afford the diagnostics, it is like working handcuffed. And it’s an all-too-common occurrence because so many individuals have inadequate health care insurance — if they have any at all.
Patients are turning to urgent care clinics more than ever now because they’re generally cheaper and more convenient than emergency rooms. But Shah says they’re still not cheap enough for many to obtain basic health care, including a physical with blood work and an electrocardiogram, key diagnostic tools that can help doctors catch hidden problems and nip developing health issues in the bud.
Frustrated with the pace of Obamacare — which he doubts will solve the problem, anyway — Shah decided to take matters into his own hands. He’s developed a program to provide patients at his clinics here and in Pawtucket with access to basic health care for about the cost of a cup of coffee a day.

Read more in our print edition.

PAWTUCKET – Mount St. Charles may have failed in its attempt to capture a third...
  PAWTUCKET – More so than at any other position, for big league catchers, playing...
CUMBERLAND – For five-plus innings, this Division I-B affair between Cumberland and East...
BLACKSTONE – Ninety-nine-year-old World War II Navy veteran Michael Sulima sits back in a recliner at his daughter’s...
PROVIDENCE – A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his...
BURRILLVILLE – After searching for more than 10 hours on Thursday, police investigators were back at 505 Douglas Pike...

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes