It's 2018 and the world is getting faster and faster. Deadlines are becoming shorter and shorter, children's sports are getting more and more competitive which means more camps and more practices, 45-60 hour work weeks are the new 40 hour work week. And with all of these changes happening so rapidly it can become difficult to fit in other things such a relaxation, self care, sleep, and our health.
In this blog post I'm going to give you the top 7 reasons why you need a house call doctor.
As I just mentioned our time is getting stretched thinner and thinner and waiting rooms, paperwork, and sitting between appointments is getting more and more annoying. With house call your doctor can come to you, when you need them, without you ever having to leave your home. An extra perk to this is that you're able to get things done around the house or make some calls while you're waiting.
In the health and medical world privacy is a big thing that doctors and staff have to keep in mind. In fact the law requires it, HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a US law designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients' medical records and other health information provided to health plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers).
But beyond this, sitting in a waiting room, or even an open physio or chiropractic room, it's difficult to discuss sensitive matters about your health when someone is right next to you. However, with house calls your doctor is in the comfort and privacy of your home.
3. More time with your doctor
I know I have been mentioning that we are all crunched for time. But, hear me out...
It's not that we want low quality service due to the lack of time. In fact it's the opposite, we want high quality service at reasonable time frame.
When you go to the typical doctors office or chiropractors office you wait in the waiting room for 30 minutes. Then you spend 10 minutes with a nurse or chiropractic assistant. Then 3-5 minutes with the doctor. Not too much time with the expert.
With house calls, you get 15-60 minutes with the doctor. You have an opportunity to really delve deep into your concerns and possibly get faster outcomes.
This is great because most doctors in the insurance driven world have to see tons and tons of patients each day just to keep their doors open due to declining insurance reimbursements per patient or client.
4. Better assessments
In the medical world diagnosis is pre-requisite to treatment.
Unfortunately, it's difficult to come up with a good diagnosis in a 10 minute history and exam. Without the correct diagnosis patients end up moving forward with care that might not even correct the problem because the assessment was incorrect.
With house calls, when your doctor can see how you live, what supplements you take, what prescriptions you're on, ergonomic problems with your desk etc. they can help foresee what's actually going on and where the potential road blocks are in your recovery.
Also with longer appointments getting a more detailed history and doing a thorough exam will also lead to the best assessment which leads to better outcomes.
5. Increased work productivity
Ever been slammed at work with meetings, deadlines, and paperwork?
How do you take time off to go to your appointments?
With house calls your doctor can meet you at your place of work and treat you there without you ever having to leave the office. I've even had patients still making calls while I'm treating them.
I had a patient who had a big meeting and wanted me to provide chiropractic services to them while they were in a meeting. They were literally talking to someone next to them just before I adjusted there C3 vertebrae. Then few a more lines of dialogue and CRACK! Adjusted C7 on the right.
The point is, they didn't miss a beat with me meeting them at work.
6. Entire family can be seen at the same time
Have you ever needed to make a doctors appointment for 3 different family members? Well, with house call your family can all be seen at once in the comfort of their home when you're all together.
7. You're still able to be seen even if you're physically unable to get to an office.
I have had several patients at this point in my 3 years of doing house calls that literally did not think it would be safe for them to drive or that they couldn't get into their car.
Imagine having episodes of migraines or vertigo where your vision may be impaired for a bit...
...Now try to imagine driving to the office.
This is dangerous!
Imagine having such bad back spasms and sciatica that getting into your truck or care would be near impossible. With house calls, your doctor can see you at home, where you are safe and can still get great care.
There you have it, the Top 7 benefits of having your doctor make house calls.
Did I miss anything? What's one benefit that you can think of that I haven't thought of? Leave it in the comments and share this post with a family member or friend.
until next time!
to good health,
Dr. Lucas Marchand, DC