Extended appointment times allow for comprehensive medical evaluations in both Internal and Integrative Medicine, making time to address every question.
Do you want to learn more about nutrition and exercise? Discuss the various therapies available to you? With appointments of up to 30 minutes, there’s time.
Do you want to know more about your test results and about all of your treatment options? We can have that discussion, so that you know all your options.
Want to explore Integrative Medical treatment options? Can’t seem to get to the root of your problem? We can dig deeper and share results with your current PCP.
As physicians we have the clinical expertise to very effectively treat disease. However, as health care providers we have the opportunity, if not the obligation to help our patients heal. When we turn our patients into a collection of lab data and diagnostic studies, we run the risk of not seeing the forest for the trees--of not seeing the patient for the disease.
As patients increasingly utilize Urgent Care, smartphone apps and telemedicine (20% of all primary care visits), we may find that in the future, patients will turn to this type of access for more immediate and convenient treatment of their acute needs, while periodically seeing a physician health counselor who will help them maintain and improve their overall physical condition.
Quoted from the News & Observer, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015:
"A shortage of primary care physicians and emerging alternatives such as retail clinics and smart phone apps are clouding the one simple doctor-patient relationship, which for generations has served as the gateway to US healthcare system."
As the coming fragmentation of medical care evolves, it will be imperative that a patient be able to find a physician who can thoroughly evaluate their current medical condition, monitor their health and make appropriate recommendations to maximize the care of current medical conditions as well as promote healthy lifestyle changes. Because of governmental and insurance interference it is becoming increasingly difficult for the primary care provider to maintain this close and personal relationship with their patients.
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