I am Dr. Micah Walker, and I believe that relationships are important. In fact, the patient-doctor relationship is the foundation of quality medical care. How much time do you get with your primary care doctor during a clinic visit? How well does your doctor know you and your family? How accessible is your physician? Can you get a same-day appointment? Do they provide house-calls and after-hours care? Are they available by phone or during reasonable hours?
With primary care physicians caring for 2500 plus patients to generate the revenue necessary to sustain a modern medical practice, doctors are pressed for time. They need to see 25 to 30 patients per day to meet their goals. That is 3-4 patients per hour in an eight hour clinic. No wonder patients feel that they don’t get the attention that they deserve.
At a time when patients are unsatisfied with the attention provided by their physicians and physicians are unsatisfied with the burdens of bureaucratic red tape, a better solution is needed. That solution is a simplified delivery model for primary care that eliminates the waste inherent to today’s 3rd party payer system.