Remember in the old days when Dr. Welby came to the house to visit the sick … well, those days are back and you have plenty of choices. Doctors are making “old fashion” house calls are making a very big come back. Helping those young and old who have a hard time getting to the doctor or who is so sick that they just can’t make it to the doctor. Not only are doctors making house calls but dentists, eye doctors and even mobile x-ray/ultra-sound machines with technicians are making home visits.
Yes … healthcare is coming to your mom’s house. This not only provides accessible healthcare for the patient, but also helps to save money for Medicare and her Medicare plan because a house call visit can help keep those who are having a minor ailment turn into a major operation.
A doctor or medical provider visit are being accepted and paid for by Original Medicare, Original Medicare with a Medicare supplement and most Medicare Advantage plans (depending on your provider being in your Medicare Advantage network).
House call doctors are generally board certified and the providers consist of doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The patient does not have to be home bound to qualify. The house call doctor can schedule regular appointments especially if there is a chronic illness or illnesses or you can schedule appointments as needed. Look online for house call doctors or visiting physicians to find providers in your geographic area. The health information obtained is shared with the patient’s primary care physician by electronic medical records.
A house call doctor can coordinate care and what a better way to determine your parent’s medical needs than to see them in the comfort of their home.
Many of the larger doctors’ offices are now offering “house call doctors” also known as “home visits.” Many that benefit with a home visit are those who seeing a doctor is a hardship, those who are shut ins, patients who are confused or disoriented and those who visit the ER and need follow up visits. In 2012, who would believe that doctors making house calls would be making such a comeback? You might not see a doctor show up in a horse and buggy or even carrying an old black medical bag … but today the new house call doctors are coming to your home with many today’s modern marvels such as X-rays, ultra-sound machines, physical therapist and even a hypodermic needle to draw blood. They are bringing the doctor’s office to you.