The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Grateful

I love helping people. I love being able to make a connection that can lead to lasting change. I love seeing people perform at their best.

But there are many problems with the healthcare system. One of the largest issues involves physicians not making decisions about how many patients they are assigned to, how many patient visits they have in one day, how a patient will pay for their care, and the list goes on and on. Doctor-Patient relationships are no longer what they once were many years ago.

I am guessing that a good handful of you reading this blog today don’t see a physician regularly because you are “healthy.” And I get it. I don’t see one either. My reasons are a little different I am sure…one of them being that I can “triage” myself in many instances, preventing unnecessary prescriptions and urgent care visits. But not everyone can do that.

And because I love taking care of patients the right way, I took a chance on something that felt right to me, but without a lot of evidence based results behind it since it is a relatively new venture: TELEMEDICINE.

I found a way to get involved on a part-time basis, since the navy is still my main thing. And I have loved every minute of it. I recall my wife saying to me after my very first telemedicine patient, “Wow, I can see you really love this. I overheard you on the computer with the patient and you were making a connection. You are getting to practice medicine the way you have always wanted to. Incorporating nutrition and exercise advice. Talking about daily routines and goal setting.”

And she has made similar comments day after day.

I got involved with because I believed in the company’s vision. The Doctor-Patient relationship is what it should be. For a small monthly fee, the patient gets 24/7 access to a primary care physician, they build a relationship, and amazing things happen.

It is hard to describe…and since there really is no obligation if you cancel within the first 30 days, it makes sense for nearly anyone to give it a try.

I have been blessed to open up this new chapter in my life, and the patients I have served through this medium have given me more than I believe I can ever give them. Thus today’s blog was just another opportunity to say how grateful I am for the opportunity to serve.

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