Monday, January 22, 2007
Medical Reports: House Calls
If you've ever waited in a doctor's office or the ER you know why they call us patients -- you've got to have lots of patience. But, for people with busy lives, that wait is over. There's now a new service where doctors are once again making house calls.
WSVN -- We've all done it: sat in a waiting room, watching the minutes and even hours tick by before we ever see a doctor.
Monica Muyshondt: "That's probably the worst experience I've had, sitting in a waiting room, for two or three hours with very sick kids."
Something Monica Muyshondt dreaded when both of her kids got sick recently.
Monica Muyshondt: "They've been having a very persistent cough, which gets worse at night."
Arturo Muyshondt: "My cough and this. I don't like going to the doctor's office."
Instead of dragging them to the doctor or emergency room, Monica decided to call My Home Doctor.
"Hi, I'm, a doctor from my Home Doctor."
It's a new service in Miami-Dade and Broward counties where the doctor comes to you within an hour of getting the call.
Jose Varona: "Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, so you can call us in the middle of the night or early in the morning.
"Open, ahh, very good."
Right now there are seven board-certified doctors on staff specializing in internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency.
They do a full exam and even prescribe medications.
If you're not well in 48 hours they will come back for free.
Mom: "It's almost a dream come true. You have your kids sick. You don't have to re-arrange your schedule or anything or drive anywhere."
Jose Varona: "We strive to bring one-on-one personal medical attention whether in the home or office or in the hotel room."
Attorney Johnny Pineyro called the new service when he felt ill but couldn't get away from work.
Johnny Pineyro: "The best part was not having to leave my office and getting the treatment I needed in a timely fashion."
Docs made the office call within an hour, giving Johnny plenty of time to get back to his clients.
While Monica's kids were able to get at-home TLC.
Arturo Muyshondt: "Saw my ear, heard my heart, saw my nose, took my temperature."
Most insurance companies are reimbursing 30-80% of these visits, but HMOs are not covering it.
My Home Doctor visits average about $350.
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