We all know and admit there are a lot of problems in U.S. Healthcare. It may not always be clear what they actually are, or better said, what the actual root causes are. It’s clear to many that when you call to see your doctor, you can’t get in quickly; when you look for a new PCP taking patients, you wait 6 months for your new visit; when you want to see the doctor you signed up for, you see a PA instead; when you want to talk to your physician, an RN or MA gets on the phone instead.
But why is that? What has happened to the era of house calls, general practitioners who cared for your whole family and swung by when the kids were home with Scarlet Fever? Why don’t doctors take care of you like they used to?
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.