In today’s healthcare environment, many patients don’t have sufficient access to a provider. Some patients simply can’t afford health insurance. Others do have health coverage, but find themselves cut off from care by high deductibles, co-pays, and skyrocketing costs.
Even patients who do see a doctor normally don’t get much facetime. As costs continue rising, physicians face ever-decreasing reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare, and from insurance companies, too. Additionally, the guidelines for what services are covered and which aren’t are constantly being tightened and revised.
The result? The practice of medicine has become like a long assembly line, with patients being ushered in and out as quickly as possible. Doctors spend, on average, 2-3 minutes with each patient before rushing off to the next 2-3-minute consultation. And on it goes.