WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - Do you have a mom born prior to 1955? If so, Dr. Charles Whitney of Revolutionary Health Services, believes that enrolling her in a direct primary care sometimes known as a concierge medical practice may be the best gift you can possibly give.
According to Dr. Whitney, "By enrolling Mom in a direct primary care medical practice, you'll be providing her with a private physician and a higher level of personalized, attentive care that can improve her chances of having a more productive life in later years." Dr. Whitney explains that because direct primary care physicians are paid a monthly fee rather than insurance reimbursement, they are not under pressure to run a high-volume practice.
For example, in a typical doctor's office, a patient may wait an hour to get 6-8 minutes with the doctor. In Dr. Whitney's office, there is usually no wait and he may spend as much as an hour with his patient. "It really gives me a chance to build a rapport with my patient, learn their medical history and work closely with them to co-manage their health."
Direct primary care doctors such as Dr. Whitney are available 24/7, and a 2010 study of a leading direct primary care network by The American Journal of Managed Care indicated that their doctors on average, were able reduce their patients' hospitalizations by 79%. "This level of service is extremely important for older patients for whom problems can arise at all hours. Talking to or seeing your personal doctor is much better than to going to an emergency room during the doctor's off hours or waiting a week or more for an appointment," says Dr. Whitney. "Early intervention really helps, and sometimes all people need is reassurance that there is no need to worry."
The direct primary care concept also enables Dr. Whitney to practice "Third Era Medicine" which is focused on creating health by preventing illness, rather than reacting to illness. Baby boomers are living longer, but not necessarily healthier. This is due to a variety of factors including poor diet, inadequate sleep, stress, and sedentary lifestyles. Their extended lifespans often consist of years, perhaps decades of extended treatment of chronic, but preventable disease with pharmaceuticals or invasive surgery.
The practice of Third Era Medicine requires that an adequate amount of time be spent with the patient to identify disease very early in its course, develop a personalized lifestyle, supplement and prescription medication plan, then monitor improvements. This approach and using modern technology will actually prevent illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.
"Third Era Medicine can help baby boomer moms live longer, more productive lives, where they will have more time and energy to participate in family activities and personal pursuits," says Dr. Whitney. "It may also extend the amount of time they can live independently, which may be a very important factor if their children are raising children of their own."
Is investing in a private doctor for Mom affordable? Depending on where you live, the monthly fee can range from the cost of a full-access health club membership to that of an average car payment. Dr. Whitney's monthly fee for his Direct Primary Care / Third Era of Medicine practice (Third Era Direct) is somewhere in the middle, at approximately $170.00 per month. If Mom has more than one child, the fee can be that much more affordable if everyone chips in.
For more information about providing Mom (and Dad!) with a private doctor, call Revolutionary Health Services at 215-321-1371 to schedule a free, personal consultation with Dr. Whitney.
About Charles Whitney, MD and Revolutionary Health Services:
Dr. Charles Whitney graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1990 and completed his family practice residency at the David Grant United States Air Force Medical Center. He is double board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. His experience includes seven years as an Air Force physician and seven years in the University of Pennsylvania Health System before establishing his own direct primary care practice, Revolutionary Health Services in 2003. Dr. Whitney currently serves as vice president of the American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP), a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 for the purpose of supporting the growth of medical practices that provide personalized direct primary care. For more information, visit www.RevolutionaryHealthServices.com. Follow Revolutionary Health Services on Facebook.
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