|What I spent a good portion of|
my training doing. Terrible.
Oh wait! One better. There are capitation or "risk" contracts that doctor's can be a part of. In layman's terms, this is a contract where the doctor starts off with x number of dollars, and those dollars get deducted for tests or treatments ordered by the doctor. It pays a physician or group a set amount of money for each enrolled person assigned to them per certain period of time, whether or not a patient seeks care. So, basically, doctors are given an incentive to consider the cost of care. Or, the way I think of it...they are given an incentive to save the insurance company money- which puts more money in the doctor's pocket. Luckily, all of the physicians I know are ethical, so they do all they can for their patients in terms of care.
Enter: me. Bluntly, I can't stand the way people are manipulated in regards to their health care. Just because you walk into a pretty building and get pastries at the door (don't even get me started on that) does NOT mean that you are getting quality healthcare. So, I decided to do something a little more....straightforward.
I do not want to see 40 patients a day. I saw someone post on facebook the other day.."What a great doctor! I was in and out in 5 minutes with a prescription in hand for my COLD". What the heck? BUT, most doctors have to do this. And for some absurd reason it is perceived by the public as good care. We as practitioners are reimbursed so poorly nowadays from insurance companies that in order to make a good living (and pay off our ridiculous student loans) we are forced to see 30 patients a day. No thanks.
My husband and I have decided to go the concierge medicine route. Just hear me out and you may
|One of our relaxed exam rooms!|
|Our calming, uncrowded waiting room. No need for 40 chairs when we are seeing only about 1-2 patients an hour!|
Make sense? Well, I hope so. Thus far, we are doing well and we have patients that are so happy to walk into a nice, inviting office, free of a packed waiting room, people yelling or the smell of a "doctor's office". I am happy to be able to call my patients my friends...and I am even more happy that they are able to put their trust in me that I am ALWAYS 100% on their side...I am their advocate, no one else's.