Access, convenience, and more
It's about TIME
Unfortunately, most primary care physicians are under enormous pressure to keep patient visits short--particularly when they're caught in the insurance trap. This is a shame, because failure to devote adequate time to patient visits often results in miscommunication, misdiagnoses (and missed diagnoses), improperly prescribed medications, needless tests, inadequate counseling, and extra hospitalizations. Simply put, rushed visits lead to more medical errors.
How does Slower Medicine avoid the rush? I work directly for you, not for insurance companies. This lets me keep my overhead low enough that I can afford to be generous with my time. I'm happy to schedule 90 minutes or longer for a visit if you like; this might be a particularly good idea for initial visits, annual exams, and complex situations that will take some extra sorting out.
In addition to respecting the value of your time, I also respect your preferences, your intelligence, and your right to be well informed. I work with you to find an approach that meets your unique needs. I know a lot about medicine (and supplements and nutrition, too), but I don't pretend to know everything. I'm not afraid to say "I don't know" at times and then get back to you when I'm better informed.
Convenience and accessibility
Most people don't like coming in for doctor visits. It's even more frustrating when your doctor is running late and you're stuck wasting time in a waiting room. How do I minimize these problems?
I don't make patients come in if they have a situation I can handle remotely, whether by phone, text, e-mail, or video. Still, sometimes office visits are necessary. Since many people can't easily take off during their work week, I offer evening and weekend visits. There is plenty of room built into my schedule to allow for longer visits, meaning I'm less likely to run behind schedule so my visits can start on time.
All of that said, sure, sometimes stuff happens. If for some reason you *do* need to wait (or if you just want to come hang out with me to do some research), my patient lounge is set up to be good for both working and relaxing.
Got a late-night problem and wondering if you need to go to an ER or if it's something I can handle? Give me a call. I'm available 24/7 when you need me. And of course you'll have online access for your lab results and office notes.