Friday, March 20, 2009

Dr.Lucido's 30 yrs in Practice: Benefit Party for O'Shaughnessy's


Danielle Schumacher or Damian Disterdick
Office of Frank H. Lucido MD
2300 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-848-0958 Ext. 121

Dr. Frank H. Lucido Celebrates 30th Year in Practice
Family Practice; Primary Care; Medical Cannabis Consultant;
Expert Witness; Public Speaker

Berkeley, CA, April 6, 2009 - this year, Frank H. Lucido MD celebrates his 30th year of providing Family Health Care in Berkeley. He began practicing at his current location on December 10, 1979.

A celebration is planned for Saturday, April 25, 2009, 7pm-midnight in Oakland, CA (location TBA at time of reservations) in conjunction with a benefit for the next printing of O’Shaughnessy’s, the Journal of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. The new issue will include a report on over 1,000 medical cannabis patients Dr. Lucido saw in 2008.

Dr. Lucido’s practice includes primary care for patients over 12 years of age. Although he no longer does obstetrics, some of the babies he delivered in the early 1980s are still his patients as adults. Solo practitioners such as Dr. Lucido are almost unheard of in an age of large HMOs and PPOs.  Patients of “Dr. Frank” know he will spend as much time with them as their medical condition requires, and he even makes house calls as needed.

Dr. Lucido has been in the forefront of the medical cannabis movement since the passage of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (“Prop 215”).  His practice standards are rigorous, resulting in recommendation letters that are respected by law enforcement and the courts. He has addressed the Medical Board of California on numerous occasions and has even been referred patients by MBC members. These standards are described in "Implementation of the Compassionate Use Act in a Family Medical Practice" co-authored with Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP (O’Shaughnessy’s, Spring 2004):

Dr. Lucido’s three decades of primary care experience (as well as his experience in the 1990s reviewing cases for plaintiffs in malpractice suits) has given him a broad understanding of medical ethics. He has helped many attorneys defend legitimate patients and physicians who have inappropriately been targeted by law enforcement for possessing or recommending cannabis.  He has been a member of the medical staff of Alta Bates Medical Center since 1979 and has served on the Family Practice Advisory Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the Medical Education Committee (once as Chairman).

Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, who has been an integral part of the Family Practice for over 10 years, received her PhD in Nursing from UCSF with an emphasis on Drug Policy. She is associate professor of nursing at Holy Names University in Oakland, as well as a member of the UCSF clinical faculty.

Dr. Lucido will soon be announcing an ongoing monthly community gathering on “Medical Cannabis, Health, and Health Care in America.”

More information about Dr. Lucido, his practice, and the upcoming monthly gathering can be found at and by receiving regular blog updates from Dr. Lucido’s new blog: Dr. Frank Lucido’s Bully Pulpit:  Everyone’s Entitled to My Opinion.”

Contact: Danielle at 510-848-0958 ext. 121 or

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One Step Towards a National Health Plan-Frank Lucido MD

One Step Towards a National Health Plan

Open letter to Obama Administration:

-Frank Lucido MD

Revised 5/29/09



A friend of mine with dozens of employees, pays hundreds of dollars each month per employee for health insurance.

Most PPO insurance plans have monthly premium rates, which become less expensive with higher "deductibles".

He had the idea that he could save money by choosing the higher deductible, and providing his employees with a health savings account that would cover the costs up the deductible, and thus save money. It turns out that going above a deductible of $5,000.00 saves you almost nothing.


According to

 "National Health Expenditures, Forecast summary and selected tables", Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2008.

the U.S. spent $2.26 trillion on health care, or $7,439 per person, in 2007, It had spent $2.1 trillion, or $7,026 per capita, in 2006.



Therefore, I chose $10,000 as the deductible that the United Stated government could give all citizens immediately, and allow individuals and/or employers to decide what financial risks they can take in self-insuring up the $10,000.00




One Step Towards a National Health Plan

Open letter to Obama admininistation

-Frank Lucido MD




Fact: Most bankruptcies are due to medical expenses.

Fact: Many working people are forced to stay in jobs they dislike, but can't leave for fear of losing health insurance for themselves or for their families.



A severe illness or injury is a threat to a person's life, and of course, their happiness.

In addition, for anyone with any assets at all, being uninsured carries the risk of losing the fruits of a lifetime of labor, all with one illness: their savings, their homes, their retirement accounts, etc.




The Federal government (taxpayers) could afford TODAY: a $10,000.00-deductible insurance plan for every citizen. (i.e.: Insurance for costs OVER the "deductible" amount. Actuaries will have to make decision on how big the deductible needs to be, to be affordable.)

Outlay over that amount would be for relatively few patients, with an occasional million dollar "catastrophic" illness. There would be minimal administrative cost to the government/insurer overall, since most people would never have to submit a bill, unless they go over $10,000.00. (Patients may still need to keep records for tax purposes.)


All costs below $10,000.00could be dealt with in a number of ways - mostly variations of existing structures. Private insurers would still be available for insurance coverage up to the "deductible".

Insurers would now have to deal fairly with potential customers, since they could no longer say: "We HAVE to charge you $500 or $1,000 a month, because we could be hit with a multi-million dollar medical bill if you get in a car wreck, have a coronary bypass operation, etc." They would have to quote reasonable premiums, and patients would have more power to risk "going bare" (going without insurance), because choosing to have no insurance under this proposed plan would cost you a maximum of $10,000.00 in a given year. The cost of "going bare," in the system we now have, can be total financial ruin. Many people are chained to jobs they don't like, because they need the health insurance. This probably affects the middle class the most, as they have assets they could lose. (The very rich can risk a million dollars. The very poor have fewer assets to lose, and would continue to be insured under Medi-Cal or Medicaid-like programs).





Most Americans get their health insurance through their employment.

In hard economic times, many more people become unemployed, and as a result, uninsured.

In addition, many working Americans are tied to jobs they dislike, out of fear of losing health insurance.

The high cost of health insurance for the worker is reflected in what employers can afford to pay an employee.



Under my proposal, several options are available to employer and employee:

Either the employer or the employee (probably a combination) can cover for the costs up to $10,000.00.



NOTE: My proposal is NOT “insurance,” as we know it, but a workable first step, that could be implemented immediately, which would take a tremendous burden off most Americans: the possibility that a catastrophic illness could financially devastate an individual and his/her family.



Deductible: The amount that the policy-holder must pay out-of-pocket before the health plan pays its share. For example, a policy-holder might have to pay a $500 deductible per year, before any of their health care is covered by the health plan. It may take several doctor's visits or prescription refills before the policy-holder reaches the deductible and the health plan starts to pay for care.




I have read the Obama/Biden plan for health care reform.

These are good basic steps at making the present system more affordable, and gives several individual options that can help.

And nothing in it conflicts with my plan or my "addendum to whatever plan".


I think what's revolutionary about my addendum to whatever plan is finally chosen, is that is makes all the options more palatable.


Even "going bare" will become less risky for patients as well as employers.


Employers could then give a medical savings plan to employees and accept part or all of the risk, if they were assured that it would never be more than $5500-7500.

And the ENORMOUS immediate savings on billing/administration for anyone opting to pay their own way up to the deductible.