Medicare Recipients Can Receive House Calls

There was a time not too long ago when many doctors made house calls, especially for the elderly or disabled.  It was more of a comfortable, less stressful and easier situation for the individual who needed medical care.

With the increase in “big medicine” people have gotten used to going to the doctor’s office.  There are many reasons for this.  Doctors are able to treat more patients if they can stay in one place and have the patients come to them.  They also have all of their equipment set up in their office, as well as usually having a laboratory, x-rays and other services located in their medical building or close by, making it much easier for them to diagnose and treat their patients.  And, of course, if they are at the office and the patients come to them, they can schedule up to 30-35 patients per 8 hour day in 15 minute increments.

Though this is convenient and cost-effective for the doctor, it has its down side for both the doctor and patients.  If a doctor takes longer than the 15 minute time slot with a patient, it has a domino effect and backs all the other patients’ appointments up, making them have to wait longer.  We have all sat for what seemed like forever just to be rushed through a doctors  appointment and we have left wondering if the doctor actually heard anything that we said in the rushed 5  minutes that we were able to the doctor face to face.

Though most of us can sit through the wait and get through the appointment, it is often much harder for a person who is elderly, frail or disabled.  Medicare knows this and so do doctors.  There are still some doctors that will schedule house calls and Medicare will pay for these visits, though most patients don’t know it.

There is a quiet but powerful move by a number of doctors across the country to try to see ore patients in their homes.  With an elderly or disabled patient, an appointment at home saves the often difficult trip to the office.  A home visit also allows the doctor more time to examine and talk with the patient to take a closer look at any changes in health or any difficulties the patient might be having.  If a problem is discovered that cannot be dealt with at home, the patient can then be seen at the doctor’s office, but most often, with regular care, most treatment and observation can be carried out at home.

If you receive Medicare benefits and find it too difficult to go to your doctor’s office, ask if your doctor makes house calls or if the doctor knows of a doctor, nurse or nurse practitioner who does.  You can also ask for information from the home health care agencies and hospice in your area.  There is not an overabundance of doctors who make home visits, but there are some and the numbers are slowly growing making it easier for individuals covered by Medicare to receive the care they need.

3 Responses to Medicare Recipients Can Receive House Calls

  • kathy says:

    hi my name is kathy and i just saw your website saying that people with medicare can get doctors to come into their home and if thats true well i do have medicare health insurance it;s hard to get to my appointments when i need to go if you could please respond back i would greatly be happy thanks again sincerly mrs kathy fischer of sanilac county michigan usa,

  • ken craft says:

    can I see more then 1 dr. in a day. they are different kinds of rds. i am on medicare.

  • E2727 says:

    I am too trying to fine out

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