Monday, August 4, 2014

Uber: House calls on demand? Uhhhh...

New App Requests Physician House Calls


 A new service called Pager - similar to Uber and Lyft - has launched in New York City where a person can request a house call with a physician.  Currently it is cash only, ranging between $199-$299 per visit depending on the time of day; the physician keeps 80% of each visit while the company who created the mobile app gets the rest.  However, the company is hoping to negotiate with insurance companies in the future so that patients would only be responsible for a copay at the time of the visit. 




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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Posted via iPhone August 01, 2014 - 08:17AM EDT
This is a great service, but should start at $500.
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:37AM EDT
Right, let capitalism thrive. Spoke with a Brit, a wealthy brit last night. Their secondary market for health care for those with money is doing just fine. Great service and docs get paid.
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Family Medicine / Practice (FP)
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Posted via iPhone August 01, 2014 - 08:43AM EDT
I think I like it.
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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry)
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Posted via iPhone August 01, 2014 - 08:57AM EDT
Low overhead, but travel expenses. I can imagine getting one call for one side of town and the next on the other side, then back again.
Inevitably, there will be people who need to go to UC or ER, or even just an regular office for equipment or tests not carried around. Then they will be upset that they didn't get what they wanted through the home visit and want their money back.
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Pediatrics (excluding surgery)
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:59AM EDT
I would have more of a concern for the physician's safety.
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Orthopedic Surgery
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:03AM EDT
I have done house-calls in Detroit, and now in a small rural town.
No fee, as these are always post-op patients in the 90 day global period.
I do it for patients who are more-than-average home-bound by their injury.
Patients love it.
In Detroit, the patients could barely believe that I would do it!
I would never do this for a non-op or pre-op patient.
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Family Medicine / Practice (FP)
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:20AM EDT
Wealthy new parent with a fussy baby? Call to break up fecal impaction hanging in a 90 y/o DuPont?

This "service" calls for abuse on both sides of the bargain -- not a good idea, IMO; plus being a monumental waste of physician resources (thus calling for mid-levels to do it cheaper).
Both thumbs down.
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Neurology
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:22AM EDT
Some will think that there is a disparity because of wealth because the medicare and medicaid will suffer discrimination. Can you imagine opening this up to the medicaid crowd- calls every2 minutes to make house call for colds or stubbed toes at 3am for$18? Hell no.
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