Doctors making house calls

By Latest Reply 2009-01-29 16:50:40 -0600
Started 2009-01-27 17:48:55 -0600

News programs are now reporting that doctors making house calls is making a comeback. I am interested in what everyone thinks of this. Duke University has a program that is doing this. Other areas are doing the same. I just now saw a report on NBC news.

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2009-01-28 07:00:18 -0600 Report

Actually, with the hurting economy; this might be more about them, than us.

But; love it. I think if the doctors' are familiar with your case, they will pretty much know what to bring.

Believe it or not. When my mom was so ill; the doctors', even specialists' went to her home. I thought that was amazing.

And when I was a kid, for common colds, measles, things like that; They made house calls. Even when I had scarlet fever.

Avera 2009-01-27 22:04:18 -0600 Report

I live in North Carolina about 50 miles from Duke. So far they have not set my town up to receive this service, however, Duke does have clinics in all the surrounding towns including mine.

Truth is, I have seen many doctors in my time, but the ones that I have seen from Duke have always been the best. The care they give an individual patient makes me feel like I am rich and famous which I am not. lol I am serious.

I'm not sure about "House Calls." Maybe if I ever get bedridden, God Forbid, I would like it. But right now, I'd probably say "no." My house is not the kind of environment I'd want to be examined in. AND,,,,I'd have to clean up first. lol

2009-01-29 16:09:17 -0600 Report

The couple that was being shown on the NBC newscast that was having a doctor visit at home I spoke about, both where wheelchair bound, on oxygen, etc. They were mainly having a routine check-up, blood pressure, ears, nose, chest, check of medications, etc. I am sure that if they were having a medical emergency, or if the dr. felt that they needed to go to the hospital, that would have been arranged. The news piece was explaining that alot of people were needlessly going to the ER for routine check-ups instead of making an appointment with their doctor. Some of these people had no family drs. at all. We'll just have to wait and see how this plays out, if it catches on or not.

caragypsy 2009-01-27 21:16:13 -0600 Report

My doctor comes to the Aduit Family Home I live in. He comes and sees 2 to 4 of us on the same day. For most of us here it is very hard to go out to see the doctor.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-27 21:26:50 -0600 Report

That really makes it nice. How fortunate for you all. I imagine that happens more than most of us realize. There are certainly times and certain situations where going to the patient is necessary and just make sense.

sparkysmom 2009-01-27 20:58:25 -0600 Report

I don't think I would like it. They now have so much diagnostic equipment in their office. My Drs all have email you can use for questions and prescriptions.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-27 18:07:18 -0600 Report

In this day and age, it hardly seems possible that doctors could handle that. There's also the issue of having the right tools, meds, equipment, etc., at their disposal when visiting you at home. As booked solid as most doctors stay, I don't know how they could handle it, unless they were rarely in the office. I do like the trend of utilizing e-mail for questions, etc. I e-mail my doctor's office for prescription refills, to obtain copies of paperwork, ask a question, etc., which is nice and convenient.

Bluebutterfly 2009-01-27 20:19:35 -0600 Report

I remember when doctors did make house calls. I can't imagine this day and time a doctor coming to see you.I don't know if I would like that.I do like being able to ask a question or set up appointments on line.

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