What I learned as a house call physician

As doctors, we simply want to spend more time with our patients. As a doctor for 13 years, and someone who now recruits doctors as a large part of my job, I’m witnessing the battle for more time with patients wage on, but there are no winners. Patients are waiting longer for hurried appointments. We spend more of what little time we have, prescribing and referring out because we’re racing to meet minimum visit numbers. Time is at the crux of so many of the issues we see in primary care, and throughout the care continuum. In taking time with our patients to educate them, listen to them, connect with them, we can prescribe less, refer less and act as the primary source of care. This is ...

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