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At Healthscient, we wholeheartedly encourage healthcare consumers like you to consider partnering with a primary care physician who proactively aligns with your health goals and offers a payment model that makes good, financial sense. After all, your health is your greatest asset and…well…money is a consequential issue.

Partnership is an important word. It suggests a cooperative arrangement between two or more parties. In this case, it suggests a cooperative arrangement between you and your doctor. Both doctors and patients want this kind of partnership – it’s the dream scenario. So why does your relationship with your doctor so often feel like something less?

There is, of course, a myriad of reasons and contributing factors as to why. But consider these few from a typical primary care physician’s side of the table:

    • They often carry hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical school debt into their 40’s or 50’s.
    • They have to manage a patient load of between 2000-3000 clients to simply make their economics work.
    • That means they have to see between 20 and 30 patients a day in about 10 minute increments.
    • It takes about 13 minutes per patient to simply complete the insurance billing and administrative paperwork. That costs real money.
    • 30 percent of appointments are no-shows (on average).
    • On top of it all, as high as 50 percent of patients with at least one chronic illness do not adhere to prescribed treatment plans.

Clearly, we patients are to blame for some of these reasons. We have to own our part of the problem and commit to doing better. But the fact remains that a typical primary care physician is trapped and ensnared by a broken system. It’s why there is record burnout among these doctors. It’s also why so many of them (in steadily growing numbers it seems) are opting for a different kind of model. Many are moving to Direct Primary Care or Concierge medicine.

And we think you should consider moving with them.

 
For a little more on the topic (albeit transparently biased), we highly recommend reading this article.

 

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