With the model at On Point and with other direct primary clinics we can achieve BOTH. People can maximize the amount of healthcare they get and minimize their cost. We work with our patients directly through a monthly subscription so they get unlimited office visits and IT options to increase ability to communicate directly to the doctor. They also don’t have co-pays for anything in our office. Any procedures we can do in our office like: EKG, wart removals, biopsies, joint injections, sports exams, physicals, acute illness, etc., are included free of charge. We are able to offer more time as well. I saw a new patient recently and we were able discuss ALL history, questions, concerns, recommendations, review labs and give a thorough physical. We spend over 60 min for this -- but it was required to give what is needed, requested and plain and simple it is just good medicine. This model has become a movement initiated by physicians -- not insurance companies or business administrators -- to bring back aspects of medicine that has been lost or at least becoming more distant ---- what I like to identify as the human element of medicine specifically. The hallmark of the practice is creating an enduring doctor-patient relationship. The environment is supported by better access to care, unhurried visits and frequent discussions to assess lifestyle choices and treatment decisions aimed at longterm health and wellbeing. More time, better quality, less expensive --- the focus on the patient and his or her health TOGETHER is the goal. This is what I hope to contribute to the change in health care....that just has to change.
Article link: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/u-s-health-care-prices-are-all-over-map-new-n563661