More than 70% of Americans perceive our health care as being a flawed and broken system. A little over half of Americans say they are satisfied with their healthcare but less than half is happy about the cost. Insurance companies are playing a more prominent role in dictating your treatment plan, at times regardless or in opposition to the doctor’s recommendation. The average patient visit time these days is 15 minutes…. but that is just the time reserved for your spot. You still have to see the MA, get roomed and have your vital signs recorded. This takes at least 5 minutes, probably more with the medication reconciliation. However, if we’re being generous, you now have just about 10 minutes to spend with your doctor. (Statistically, it is more around 8 minutes.) When your doctor comes in, they are so burdened by box clicking to meet the insurance requirements for reimbursement that they barely look at you above their computer screen. Unless you have a very simple acute issue, you are likely not going to get all your issues addressed and will leave the visit feeling rushed and unimportant.
Now, just for a minute, imagine that there is something better. A doctor’s office where the staff and provider know you on a first name basis. You have hour long visits to discuss any important or concerning matters. You have the direct line to the providers to reach them day or night by phone or text. If you are sick, you can see your doctor on the same day you call….no “can you come in next week”. If this sounds too good to be true, it is time to look in to direct primary care. If we’ve piqued your curiosity, stop in for a complimentary visit to see if we are a good fit for you. We look forward to seeing you.
– Action Medicine