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Lately it seems like everywhere you turn someone is talking… or debating about healthcare reform. One side is fighting for more regulation while the other insists on liberation, and both are scrambling to find ways to cut costs. Where does that leave most of us? We wonder how much it will cost us, and more importantly will I have better care than I get today? There is another type of reform, or a better word, a movement happening today that goes beyond politics, insurance, co-pays, and deductibles, one that is focused on the heart of healthcare—a relationship with your personal doctor.
In a typical month in America, out of 1,000 people…
- 900 people report some type of health related symptom.
- 327 consider seeking medical care.
- 217 people visit a doctor’s office.
- 65 visit an alternative medical care provider.
- 21 visit a hospital outpatient clinic.
- 14 receive home healthcare.
- 13 visit an emergency department.
- 9 are hospitalized.
Every month a large number of us interact with a doctor in some way. During a visit to the doctor’s office, on average, people spend only 8 minutes with the doctor, and you’re just one of the 40 people your doctor is seeing today. Over 80 years, with 4 visits per year at 8 minutes each visit means you spend about 43 hours over a lifetime with your doctor, or roughly 0.00006% of your life.
Today in America, our behavior is the largest threat to our health: eating far too much of the unhealthy stuff, smoking, drinking, putting off working out until “tomorrow” and the list goes on. With an average of only 32 minutes each year with your doctor, there is only time to focus on your current complaint, leaving very little time to help change your behavior.
In the early 1960s, when there was a 50–50 balance of primary care doctors to specialists, the way we interacted with our doctors was quite different. Our primary care doctors—family doctors, general practitioners, primary-care physicians, pediatricians—were able to spend more time with patients to care for their health and promote healthy living.
Toward the end of the century, we witnessed amazing medical advances and innovations that led to new medicines, treatments, and specialized medical fields. These advances brought treatments to previously “incurable” conditions, enabled us to seek out highly skilled specialists, and helped us live much healthier lives. With new fields and specialties to pursue, fewer medical students decided to pursue primary care. By 1990 the mix of primary care doctors to specialists dropped to 30–70, leaving 1 in every 8 Americans with no access to a primary care doctor. In 2006, 80% of medical school graduates entered into specialized medicine. The U.S. Department of Health predicts that by 2025 there will be a shortage between 35,000 to 44,000 primary-care physicians to meet our needs.
Today, we have access to some of the best medical care in the world. Who would have imagined that you could have heart surgery without a single incision in your chest, or transplant a windpipe grown in a lab from the patient’s own stem cells, or successfully treat cancer with highly focused sound? While medical advances like these are taking place, there are other important innovations in the way health is managed and care is received.
Healthcare reform and affordability certainly are important components to fixing healthcare, but there’s more to the puzzle. Currently there are growing movements in the health community to enhance the patient-doctor relationship It’s a new and fresh way of approaching a solution that allows us to communicate with and getting access to our doctor in ways that allow them to be ongoing partners in our health.
Imagine being able to access your personal doctor online through video chat, instant messaging, or email.
Innovative doctors that charge patients a membership fee instead of accepting health insurance
Mobile apps that let you manage your health and fitness or let you access important health information on the go.
Online services that help you manage your heart health or diabetes
The emergence of walk-in retail clinics
The emergence of online health records that enable people to take ownership and control of their family’s health.
Technology and innovation today are helping to us to become better connected with our doctors. It’s time you partner with your doctor and take control of your health! Find out more about the movement at ******************* Lately it seems like everywhere you turn someone is talking… or debating about healthcare reform. One side is fighting for more regulation while the other insists on liberation, and both are scrambling to find ways to cut costs. Where does that leave most of us? We wonder how much it will cost us, and more importantly will I have better care than I get today? There is another type of reform, or a better word, a movement happening today that goes beyond politics, insurance, co-pays, and deductibles, one that is focused on the heart of healthcare—a relationship with your personal doctor.
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