Monday, July 29, 2013

UVA Program Revives Doctor House Calls

My opinion:  Though I find it unfortunate that many doctors no longer do house calls, it may be because there is such a shortage of doctors that they cannot possibly have time to travel to their many patients.  I also think that the parent might have been exaggerating the problem in terms of taking a small child for a car ride, but since the baby needs healthcare every day, the house calls do give mom a much needed break.  Therefore, it is my hope that some doctors will be able to participate in programs like these around the country, but perhaps such programs should be expanded to include more types of patients.  For example, the elderly cannot always drive to an appointment, and some of the poor may have little access to any transportation.  On another note, the article doesn't fully explain how house calls are less expensive.  Does this mean that doctors perform more procedures than necessary in the office?  And how likely is it that a child will become sick from other patients' germs in the waiting room?  Feel free to comment.


UVA Medical Center Program Makes Pediatric House Calls

Posted: Jul 11, 2013 6:27 PM EST Updated: Jul 25, 2013 6:35 PM EST
Ashley Mackey, 3 months old, gets a home checkup
Ashley Mackey, 3 months old, gets a home checkup
Who says the days of the house call are long gone? You can still get a doctor to come to you, just like in the old days.
University of Virginia Medical Center is launching a new program a lot of parents will like, called UVA By Your Side Pediatrics. The doctors who are a part of the program have built a practice around treating children in their parents' homes. They say it's better for patients and actually saves medical costs.
Three-month-old Ashley Mackey got a full checkup right at home Wednesday by two UVA Medical Center pediatricians.
"Having them come here is amazing because the idea of taking her in a car to a doctor's office  being that tiny and little is very overwhelming," said Lauren Mackey, the child's mother.
Ashley was born prematurely and required almost daily doctors' visits.
"What was very important with Ashley is that she needed frequent visits. We can make an instantaneous home visit for a sick child," said Dr. Ina Stephens, an associate professor and pediatrician at UVA Medical Center.


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