Symptoms of a system in
need of improvement
As a medical professional, your goal is to help patients become as healthy and whole as possible. But that job is much more difficult when you're working inside a system that can hamper your ability to provide fuller, more impactful care.
You can’t help your patients achieve better health when you’re limited by factors like:
The average primary care visit lasts only about 8 minutes, which isn’t nearly long enough for you to get to know your patients or for them to discuss their health concerns fully — especially subjects that are particularly sensitive.
Unfortunately, primary care providers often act as filters for specialists, even when you could deliver patient diagnosis and treatment directly, without outsourcing. Time constraints mean that you can’t afford the individual attention and care you’d otherwise provide.
High medical costs
Many patients fear the price of treatment. They don’t see a doctor until they’re already ill or injured, heading to urgent care rather than their primary care physician. This anxiety can keep them from getting the check-ups and preventive care they need.
These are signs of a system where money is the driving motivation, not the best interest of patients and their primary care providers.