Nowadays almost everyone texts. But, if you ask your friend whether or not they can text their doctor, you will probably get a confused and befuddled stare back. The question you should be asking is, “Why can’t you text your doctor?”
At Direct Doctors, and Direct Primary Care practices like ours across the country, texting is common. We organize our practice so that we do not overbook ourselves with patients. We do this by cutting out the insurance and staffing middleman so that our time and your money goes directly to the doctor-patient-relationship. When primary care doctors like us aren’t overworked and overwhelmed all the time with seeing 25 patients per day for 7-10 minutes each, we can take time to answer your questions by text, email, private portal, and cell!
One of the most common stories a new patient tells us when they join our practice is that they have a friend who sees us for primary care. That friend had a minor medical issue and they texted us a quick question - whether a picture of a rash, story about a recent muscle strain, or a cold they aren’t sure is worth a visit. When that friend told the new patient they could just text their doctor when they had a quick question, the new patient was so shocked and amazed that they couldn’t wait to join!
If you’re sick of archaic medicine, check out how we practice primary care differently at www.directdoctors.org or text us at 401-400-2699.
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.