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The Way Medicine Used to Be

Essential Health Access

The Way Medicine Used to Be

Many of us remember a time when we had a relationship with our healthcare provider, before all of the changes in the healthcare marketplace, leaving most of the decisions impacting our healthcare to insurance companies or bureaucrats. Today a growing number of physicians are actually incentivized to see more patients, resulting in doctor/patient appointments of only 10 to 15 minutes.

Fortunately, there are healthcare providers who, recognizing the growing dissatisfaction by many patients with the inadequacies of today’s healthcare environment, are offering patients options – options that allow them to experience medicine the way it used to be. Dr. Timothy E. Bell, D.O., is one such area physician that offers his patients compassionate, caring, and personal preventive medicine.

EK: First of all, congratulations on being voted “Best Physician in Roane County” by the readers of Roane County News where, in addition to Knoxville, you also practice medicine.

Dr. Bell: Thank you! I was certainly honored by the news. It means a lot to receive this kind of recognition for something that is an everyday part of how I practice medicine.

EK: I know that providing personal preventive healthcare is the cornerstone of your practice. Is that why you have elected to remain in private practice, and how do your patients benefit?

Dr. Bell: As you stated earlier, the healthcare marketplace is quickly changing. It’s becoming increasingly more difficult for a physician to survive in this environment. To put it simply, as insurance providers continue to cut reimbursements to physicians, it creates the need to see more and more patients on a daily basis just to be able to operate their practice. Thus, patients are moved in and out of the office quickly, and the patient care suffers greatly with little or no time to really address important patient issues. By remaining a solo practice, I’m able to maintain a certain quality of care that I wouldn’t be permitted to if we were a part of a large group or major healthcare company. In our practice at Essential Health Access, we focus mainly on preventive health, which allows the patient to potentially avoid many health issues and live healthier, happier, productive lives as they age and at the same time only paying for their specific healthcare needs. In other words, healthcare today is set up in such a way that you pay a premium for a service whether you use it or not. Our practice benefits the patient by avoiding possible health issues, as well as saving them money.

EK: Tell our readers how your practice is unique, and describe the advantages of having access to a private practice physician.

Dr. Bell: Well, as an Osteopathic Physician, I believe that if you treat all aspects of a person’s health – that is mind, body and spirit – the body will inherently heal itself. Our new practice is centered on access to your personal physician. By this I mean that our patients would be able to pick up the phone and call for help at any time. You would have the option of having a scheduled appointment via a HIPPA compliant, high-definition video conference, or perhaps it would simply be a visit on the phone. You may prefer to stop by our Farragut office or have us come to your home or place of business. In any event, we want to be accessible and convenient for our members.

EK: Even though you charge for your services, patients may actually pay less for their total healthcare. Give us an example.

Dr. Bell: Because everything we do is menu based, you pay only for what you ask for. We offer a monthly access fee, which is NOT an insurance policy. In fact, we don’t except any insurances, which allows us to keep our cost down and deal directly with our patients. Your access fee or membership fee simply gives you, the patient, access to schedule a visit by whichever means suits you best. For example, a regular visit in the office or by phone is a small fee. Our nighttime and weekend calls have an additional fee. Even after adding up these costs, one would still pay less than if you had to visit a walk-in clinic or emergency room for a person who doesn’t have any insurance. If you do carry a health insurance policy, the amount of money you may be paying in monthly premiums, especially those with lower deductibles, could far exceed what you have need of. But perhaps we can look at it in a different way… how much more would we save if we would only be more proactive in our efforts in learning how to eat right, exercise effectively, breathe clean air, and get a better restorative night’s sleep?

EK: How can our readers learn more about Essential Health Access?

Dr. Bell: First of all, they can keep reading your magazine! We would be happy to send an informational packet to anyone who emails us at You can also visit us online at 

EK: Anything else you would like to add?

Dr. Bell: I’m committed to practicing high-quality, evidence-based medicine that is personal, preventive, and accessible. I don’t think having insurance should be required to access this kind of healthcare. I don’t believe we have to settle for the diminishing quality of our healthcare system at the hands of our bureaucrats and insurance companies. I think a personal relationship with our doctors is what promotes good health practices.

Essential Health Access
11826 Kingston Pike, Suite 130
Farragut, TN 37934

Timothy E. Bell, D.O.
Certified Osteopathic Family Physician
Member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, board member of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association, member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

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