Tag: primary care

What happened to primary care?

What happened to primary care? We tell our patients that our chiropractic practice is primary care for the musculoskeletal system.   The idea is that medicine is a disconnected mess when it comes to evaluating and treating what hurts us and what makes us feel ill.   I approach to care as a whole body problem so we are not likely to miss the reason you hurt and find sensible cost-effective solutions to your problems. If your problem is medical, we would refer you to your primary care medical provider who years ago was the person who evaluated your blood, and your Read More »

A new study suggest that spending up to 30 minutes with a GP is more cost effective than many prescriptive drugs.

A new study suggest that spending up to 30 minutes with a GP is more cost effective than many prescriptive drugs. In the USA, we take more drugs than any other country does, yet we are less healthy than many people who live elsewhere. Years ago, people took many less drugs and had spent more time with their doctors discussing and problem solving their health issues.   During the HMO era, the model changed to the 10 minute office visit (or less) and the costs of care skyrocketed, while people too more drugs and had more tests which were often of Read More »

Primary care and the physical exam; why it stops at the navel and is part of the reason our healthcare system is so inefficient.

Primary care and the physical exam; why it stops at the navel and is part of the reason our healthcare system is so inefficient. How many doctors does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  Strange question right, but our healthcare system has way too many people involved in your health problems, leading to poor treatments, diagnosis and of course high prices. This fragmentation of care management is simply bad for our health and our wallets as well. One primary care doctor recently raised the same concern I have raised for years, which is that at the primary care level, Read More »

Paging Dr. Walgreen; where America seems to be going for their immediate healthcare needs.

  Paging Dr. Walgreen; where America seems to be going for their immediate healthcare needs. Where do you go for your healthcare needs? For most of us, we go to our regular doctor however, often our regular doctors have doctors hours, rather than hours that work for us. Sometimes, you need to take the morning or the day off to make that appointment. At other times, there is Dr. Walgreen. Who is Dr. Walgreen? Dr. Walgreen is representative of the current movement towards clinics in your local Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and even many of the new free standing walk in Read More »

Is your chiropractor the newest family primary care provider?

Is your chiropractor the newest family primary care provider? More than ever, people are visiting chiropractors and finding out the level of expertise is greater than what they originally thought. Even primary care doctors are discovering that their local chiropractor can be a great source for primary care knowledge, since they are better trained in the musculoskeletal system than they are. They also are trained to evaluate medical conditions and send them to medically trained primary care providers when necessary. As Obamacare brings new patients into the system, more primary care doctors will be needed, however, when costs are a Read More »