A New Way Of Thinking

Okay, I think it’s safe to say most people think our healthcare system is a bit of a mess. Who knows what the gang in Washington is up to or what kind of changes they will make in health care. This uncertainty has aggressive entrepreneurs and health providers seeing opportunity. Across the country, there is the emergence of micro health systems that are pulling patients away from the big hospital and big insurance systems. When you consider just how complicated health insurance has become–HMOs, to PPOs, to POS, to Fee for Service Plans, to Health Savings Accounts–it’s enough to make your head spin. It reminds me of a shady car salesman—say anything and grab as much as you can from the suckers. And as a bonus, most insurance policies now have initial deductibles so high that they can’t be used in the first place. But what if there was an easy way to health care for you and your family? Enter EBO MD of Cape Girardeau and Jackson.Recently we met a group of interesting professionals who decided that they could create a new system of health care for their families and yours. Meet one of the new docs in the group, Dr. Ramiro Icaza. Husband, Father, Grandfather, Physician…. He, along with son-in-law Dr. Josh Gast, will be heading up the physician staff at the all “new” EBO MD.My name is Ramiro Icaza. I am a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and have been in practice for 30 years. I am married to Dianne, whom I met in college. We have four beautiful children of whom I am very proud—Jennifer, Patrick, Chrissie, and Leigh Anne—and we have seven grandchildren who are the absolute joy of my life. I love to cook, and you can find me fishing on days off.I have practiced medicine for 30 years. I have spent a large part of my whole life giving services to my patients with my best ability. I think we have the potential to be the best healthcare system in the world. We have the technology and the scientific knowledge to make our healthcare system better. I believe it is so important to provide every single American with access to good health care as a basic human right. The current healthcare system really doesn’t cater to the individual but to the big pharmaceutical and insurance companies. We have become so involved in the healthcare laws that we have forgotten how to focus on patient care. We have a technology-driven health system with large bureaucracy instead of focusing on real health issues. We worry so much about HIPPA and government imposed rules and regulations that it makes it almost impossible for physicians to focus on the patient.Our new EBO MD system is focusing on the forgotten patient—the patient that has limited access to care due to high costs of medicine, the rise of technology, and the limited access to primary healthcare providers. With this new EBO MD system, we have the opportunity to spend more time with our patients and really focus on their needs. Once the patient becomes a participant in our program they have unlimited access to the provider—either by phone, away from home using TeleHealth, or visiting the provider at the doctor’s office. The patient has availability to less expensive labs, ancillary testing, and less expensive medicines as well as access to some free medicines.My son-in-law, Dr. Josh Gast, was born and raised in Southeast Missouri. Josh attended the University of Missouri Columbia and Southeast Missouri State University. He then attended A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO for medical school. Josh completed his residency in internal medicine at Northeast Regional Medical Center where he was elected Chief Internal Medicine Resident. In 2014, Josh received “Educator of the Year” for his work with interns and residents as an ACLS and BLS instructor and with human patient simulator labs at ATSU. With his focus on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and critical care, Dr. Gast hopes to bring the knowledge he has gained from working with hospitalized patients to the outpatient arena. He lives in Cape Girardeau with his wife Jennifer and my three grandchildren…Austin, Caleb, and Laurel.

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