Trying a new approach to primary care...

Trying a new approach to primary care: prevention

There are 4 comments on the The Brainerd Daily Dispatch story from Jul 20, 2011, titled Trying a new approach to primary care: prevention. In it, The Brainerd Daily Dispatch reports that:

A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars.

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The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#1 Jul 20, 2011
I am no so sure this makes sense. Doctors are supposed to take a personal need with their patients. I know the clinic I go to has a head doctor who overseas my health-plan and advises accordingly. He know my history even when I go to another hospital for surgical treatment because the VA can no longer treat my condition. My doctor sees me once every 3 months but I tell him of any other treatment I receive and he gives me medications accordingly and monitors my labs. What more can or is he supposed to do? Send me e-mails or remind me to eat more fish? Are they supposed to monitor how many roles of toilet paper I use? Maybe in a small town this might work but not in the real world.
Questioner

Waterford, MS

#3 Jul 21, 2011
If Doctors prevent illness and keep patients healthy they will loose money. They are paid fees for treating people's problems.
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#4 Jul 21, 2011
Questioner wrote:
If Doctors prevent illness and keep patients healthy they will loose money. They are paid fees for treating people's problems.
And don't forget the list of pills they are constantly prescribing. Pills, pills and more pills that do nothing for the most part but the doctors keep piling on the pills, because when ever there a medical condition, they can't treat, they just pile on the pills instead of actually treating the medical problem.
questioner

Waterford, MS

#5 Jul 21, 2011
The Mad Man wrote:
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And don't forget the list of pills they are constantly prescribing. Pills, pills and more pills that do nothing for the most part but the doctors keep piling on the pills, because when ever there a medical condition, they can't treat, they just pile on the pills instead of actually treating the medical problem.
And many don't want the government to do 'comparative effectiveness research' to determine if the pills (or other treatments) you are given actually makes you better. My Republican Representative says the consumer can decide for himself. The consumer can't get the data, design the experiment, do the math and analyze the results.

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