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Pittsburgh’s People of the Year: Health

click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP photo: Jared Wickerham

Winner: Timothy Wong


Having health insurance is not a given in America, and even those who have it dread untangling the web of paperwork, co-pays, deductibles, etc. At the iHealth Clinic in East Liberty, Dr. Timothy Wong is circumventing the insurance system all together. Wong’s clinic, where he is the only employee, doesn’t take any insurance. Instead, he charges a flat fee of $35 per visit. Wong founded his practice after getting frustrated with how much time doctors’ offices spend dealing with insurance companies, who often get to decide what is and is not considered medically necessary. Wong decided to opt-out of a broken system that he felt was unfair to both doctors and patients, and is using his own money to create a place where uninsured patients don’t have to be scared of the bill.

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