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growing number of health care providers, both traditional and holistic, are turning to patient-centered models that make care more accessible, regardless of insurance coverage. As an alternative to insurance rules and bureaucracy, these providers have adopted simpler payment models that offer better patient access to care, greater autonomy in pricing and lower administrative costs. Dr. Bruce Hopper’s Rittenhouse Square primary care practice, Hop MD, offers monthly individual and small business memberships that include access to his personal phone number and e-mail address and a list of primary care services. His Restaurant Worker Referral Program allows restaurants to cover basic office visits by paying into a common fund for employees. “By removing the vast bureaucracy between patient and doctor,” he says, “care is extraordinarily affordable.”

Joint Venture Every day is Mother’s Day

Moms take care of babies, but who takes care of moms? Mama’s Wellness Joint offers a holistic approach to wellness for women and their families, including a variety of workshops, yoga classes for every age (including prenatal and postpartum), childbirth and breastfeeding education, meditation and massage. The Joint occupies a bright, historic space at 11th and Pine, and features natural product lines that owner Paige Chapman says have earned the place its “healthy CVS” nickname. Products include restorative yoga props (from Greensaw Design & Build), homeopathic remedies, local raw honey and milk, Paige’s mother’s specialty salt and jam and more. — Kristin Maranki mamaswellnessjoint.com

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At Philadelphia Community Acupuncture in Mt. Airy, a sliding payment scale of $15 to $35 lets patients decide how much they can afford for group acupuncture treatment. “Our front desk is staffed by patientvolunteers who love our clinic and community acupuncture,” says co-owner Erin Schmitt. “This helps keep our overhead and sliding scale as low as possible.” Dr. Damien Ciasullo’s Rhino Chiropractic practice on Germantown Avenue recently ad-

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opted a membership model that provides members unlimited care at a fixed monthly fee. “Members love the affordability, convenience and quality,” says Ciasullo, “but doctors love the lower overhead, reduced stress and more personalized attention.” For more information, visit hopmd.com , phillyacupuncture.com and rhinochiro.com .

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SEED EXCHANGE Autumn is approaching, and that means free Philadelphia Seed Exchange events where local seed savers can bring their locally saved seeds and take home someone else’s. This collective of gardeners, urban farmers, botanists and seed savers works to preserve local biodiversity and build a resilient local food system through open-pollinated heirloom seeds and plants. Visit phillyseedexchange.org for details and to find a Philadelphia Seed Exchange event near you.

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Grid Magazine, October 2013