Concierge doctors see you as a real person and listen to what you have to say.
Going to a doctor can be a scary experience. Especially if you are going to see a new doctor, your stress levels go up. You imagine opening a heavy door and walking right into a busy, packed waiting room. The other patients look up at you as you walk up to the window to sign in. The office staff eyes you suspiciously. Are you going to be a trouble maker? Are they going to have to handle you? You feel like you are imposing, taking them away from their watercooler chats, Facebook posts, and backroom coffee breaks.
Then you settle into an uncomfortable chair, joining the rest of the waiting patients. Will the doctor be friendly? Will he or she listen to you? You start to prepare for battle, organizing your thoughts, and preparing to defend yourself. When the medical assistant takes you back to the exam room, your anxiety levels escalate further. No wonder they call it “White Coat Syndrome.”
White Coat Syndrome anxiety does not have to be an issue anymore.
What if you already knew the doctor before even going in for the first time? Imagine feeling as if an old friend is coming in to see you? How can you feel as if you already know your doctor when seeing them for the first time? What if you could skip the waiting room and exam room altogether and see the doctor from the comfort of your own home?
Telehealth concierge doctors provide VIP service.
You should be able to get to know your doctor before your first visit. YouTube videos, podcast episodes, blogs, articles are some of the ways that concierge doctors can share general educational information to the public. VIP online content provided by a telemedicine physician not only educates, it also gives you a chance to get to know your prospective new doctor.
What if I need to see a doctor in person?
If you live in the same region as your concierge doctor, going into the office in-person should not be a problem. You will find that most quality concierge doctors provide what is known as a micro-practice environment. Also known as an Ideal Clinic, a micro-practice is the opposite of the typical assembly-line, big-box medical office. You should be able to see your VIP doctor in a quiet and peaceful environment with few, if any, other patients in the office. And you should expect that the office staff is kind and attentive to you and your needs.
I hate to waste the doctor’s time with all of my problems.
Your concerns and problems are your reason for seeing the doctor in the first place! Yes, you want the doctor to help you to maintain your health. How can the doctor help you if they do not listen to you? The clues to helping you as the unique human being that you are will be discovered by listening carefully to what you have to say. You are not wasting your doctor’s time. Even when you and the doctor discuss other topics of interest, your time spent talking to your doctor is precious. Your doctor must get to know you as an individual to provide the best possible care. You are more than just a number. You deserve a doctor who sees you and listens to what you have to say.
How is it possible to help a patient over a telemedicine visit?
Sometimes, it is essential to have your doctor examine you in person. You might be surprised at how much you can accomplish over a telehealth session with your doctor. Studies have demonstrated that most of the information that a doctor uses to make medical decisions come from taking a medical history. What is medical history? It is the part of the doctor’s visit where the doctor asks questions and listens to you. The doctor should not rush you. If you have more to say on a particular topic, your doctor should quietly finish talking. By listening carefully and learning about you and your concerns, your doctor can handle many issues over a telehealth session.
How do I get started with my VIP Concierge doctor today?
You have already taken the first step! You are reading an article written by a doctor about the subject of concierge telehealth medicine. These are my views on the subject. I welcome you to read further into the materials available on this website. There are hundreds of articles on a variety of topics that you can browse or search through. I also have an audio podcast and a YouTube channel with video interviews and informational videos. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact me via the contact form, email address, or phone number on this page. In addition to reading the reading materials that I have presented here, you may also search online. You will find that I have posted articles on a variety of authoritative websites. I have also been a guest on other podcasts. On Quora, there are questions where users have upvoted my answers many times.
Additionally, there are review sites, including Google, Yelp, and many others. While I am in Fort Lauderdale, FL, I can accept some patients for online telehealth from beyond this area. Yet, if you are looking for a concierge doctor closer to home, you may want to search closer to home. When you find a doctor in your area, I recommend doing your research, reading what that doctor has written and presented in audio and video format. You will be able to make an informed decision on whether or not that doctor will best meet your needs.
The next step is to reach out and ask any questions you may have by email or phone. I don’t recommend asking specific questions about your health this way, but you can ask general questions about how the doctor addresses your particular health concerns. Once you have had your questions answered to your satisfaction, see if the doctor offers an initial consultation visit. Even if you plan to see your concierge physician in person, you should be fine doing the consultation over a telehealth video session. After the meeting, you should have all of the information that you need to move forward and establish your ongoing care with your new doctor. You will finally be able to put the fear of going in to see the doctor behind you!