|Sent on:||Tuesday, August 14, 2012 9:56 PM|
I'd like to apologize for the lack of events this summer. Our last hike was July 1 and the next one is not until Sept 1. I won't go into why, but I've been staying out of the woods this summer. I'm hoping to get back to it and pick up the frequency of events once September is here.
The real reason I write today is to tell you about a medical practice I joined (as a patient) about two years ago. It's called One Medical and it is very different than most. You have to pay an annual fee of $199. It is well worth it: here you are treated with dignity and respect, not just by the doctors, but by the support staff as well. They understand customer service like I've never seen in a doctor's office.
Amazingly, appointments start on time. And you don't have to wait forever to get an appointment. Often, you can get one the same-day, and if not, the next-day. You can call up for an appointment, or do it online. They have five offices in Manhattan and you can go to whichever is most convenient. (They also have offices in San Francisco and Washington, DC that you can use if you happen to be in those cities and need help.)
You select one of their doctors as your "regular" but you can go to whichever doctor and location you choose and switch as often as you like. And you have e-mail access to your doctor as well...email a question and you get a response within 24 hours or less. And they don't charge for that.
They take most insurance, and aside from the $199 annual fee, the cost is about the same as at any medical office.
Since becoming a member I have had appointments with three of their doctors. They are all on the young side, patient, easy to connect with. No arrogance, no rush.
My wife and I are both members and we like this practice so well that even though we live in northern Westchester, we come into the city to see them.
Recently they sent me an offer: if I refer three new clients who sign up for a year, they will waive my next year's fee, saving me $199. (And you save 20% on your first year's membership.)
Initially, I ignored the offer. As much as I like One Medical, I'm just not much into doing this kind of thing.
It then occurred to me, that, I should send this to my Meetup Group and, if I'm successful in getting three members to sign up in August, use the $199 savings to continue paying my Meetup Organizer fees.
As some of you know, Meetup charges me $144/year for the Meetup site. Since I've taken over this Meetup in May of 2010, I've been paying that fee myself. I did have a sponsor briefly which underwrote about 1/2 the fees I've paid so far, but the rest comes entirely out of my pocket. Some organizers charge for their events or ask for a contribution towards their fees. For a variety of reasons, I don't.
So here's the deal: if I'm fortunate enough to get 3 members to sign up I will save $199 and I will put this money towards continuing the existence of this Meetup group.
HOW TO SIGN UP
To join and receive the 20% discount, go to www.onemedical.com and click “Sign Up”. Then follow these two steps when completing the online registration:
1. On the User Information page, select “Other” in answer to the question “How Did You Hear
About Us?” Then write my first AND last name in the “Please Specify” field: (ROBERT SEGAL)
2 On the Membership Confirmation page, click on the link “using a promotion code?” and enter
the code REFNYQW812.
Please note: to get the discount (and for me to get the free year) you have to sign up in August. Also, please let me know if you are planning to join (or if you have done so.) In the event that more than three members decide to join, I'll ask the others to use my wife's name and hopefully get her a free year too. I'll also put that additional savings towards my Meetup fees. A total of $398 will keep this Meetup going almost another 3 years without my having to dip further into my pocket!
My best to you all,