When you become a doctor, one of the fundamental tasks required is to be a great listener. We listen to the patient’s heart beat, their breathing, their intestinal sounds, and most importantly, their story. How a symptom starts is usually a clue as to why they have it and therefore how to treat it.
Recently, we have stopped listening. The current sequence of necessary steps that delivers a patient from symptom to cure is impractical, if not all together wrong. We are so focused on the process we ignore the purpose.
When you want to see a specialist, most insurance carriers require that you first get a referral from your Primary Care Physician (PCP). Why? Insurance companies don't want people self-referring to specialists for something that might not require that level of attention. In our current day in age of WebMD as a major resource, this is basically an additional step to ensure that a medical professional agrees that you require a specialist's care.
UBERDOC was happy to be selected to exhibit at TIEStartup Con this year. Nearly our entire team was able to be there, attending breakout sessions and networking with others who are in the startup community and those specifically involved in digital health innovation.
As republicans struggle over repealing Obamacare, and as they argue over process and politics, the solution to healthcare appears in doubt. The patients and doctors universally agree, the system is broken, but the politicians don’t seem to understand how to fix it. UBERDOC understands the need for patients to have an answer in this uncertain time. Direct access to the best specialist every time, for a transparent price. This way, no one has to wait or be afraid that their health insurance will be taken away when they need it most.
A single bundled health-care bill based on quality measures is one size fits all measure. This isn't the solution.
Dr. Paula Muto, CEO and Founder of UBERDOC, weighs in against Economist, Jason Furman, in his WSJ article, "A Health-Care Fix That Works".
Starting this week, UBERDOC will be sponsoring the Boston Globe Welcome Wagon, a colorful bus that will travel around to local colleges welcoming students back to school. UBERDOC will be educating new and returning students about finding a local specialist when they are away from home. Welcome Wagon plans to speak to over 10,000 students in 22 colleges.
The health care crisis cannot be solved until the actual problem is identified correctly. If the government focused only on paying for health care rather than health coverage, it would be much simpler problem to solve.
Patients are really excited about the opportunity to take charge of their healthcare with UBERDOC. A simple cash model removes insurance hassles and restricted networks. With no need for a referral, patients can see the doctor they need, right away.
In response to the article in the Boston Globe July 2, 2017. View the article here.
The solution is not to restrict but allow choice. There are few things more personal in life than your health or the health of a loved one. Right to choose is not only important for a pregnant woman but for a cancer patient or someone with glaucoma. It's amazing how tone deaf we have become focusing on the priorities of a system over those of a patient.
Until we realize medicine is a service not a commodity, and patients are not consumers, but those in need of care, no one will ever be happy or satisfied waiting in a waiting room, nor should they be.