Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, according to a study from Johns Hopkins in 2016. How can this be true in a country that spends a disproportionate 18% of GDP on healthcare, and uses the best medical technology in the world? Thankfully, Concierge Medicine solves many of the contributing problems presented below.
The problem is not a lack of caring or education on behalf of the medical staff. Instead, the severe lack of consistency in care and little time for attention to detail are the culprits. Further, because of insurance demands, patients rarely have the same doctor from year to year. Within hospitals consistency wanes further, where patients are treated by different doctors depending on the time and day.
The Solution is Concierge Medicine.
This poignant article in the NYT highlights that when a patient’s outpatient Primary Care Doctor cares for them in the hospital (instead of a hospitalist), the cost, length of stay, and mortality rates all significantly decrease. This highlights that building a strong relationship with your doctor is of utmost importance. Sadly, given the time pressures that conventional doctors are under within the insurance system, these relationships are often severely lacking. Thankfully, field of Concierge Primary Care is changing this.
The PrimeHealth Answer:
At PrimeHealth, we combine Concierge Primary Care with an Integrative and Functional Medicine approach. Here, your doctor carries just 5% of the typical number of patients as a Conventional Primary Care doctor. We do not work with insurance, meaning you can stay with our practice as long as you want and there is no limit on time or quantity of visits. We are your health advocate so that you don’t have to navigate the troubled waters of our healthcare system alone.
(Image of a 1938 Norman Rockwell painting, a time when Family Doctors knew everything about you and your loved ones.)