Amazon is apparently pleased with how its Amazon Care pilot in Seattle has gone, since it announced this morning that it will be expanding the offering across the U.S. this summer, and opening it up to companies of all sizes, in addition to its own employees. The Amazon Care model combines on-demand and in-person care, and is meant as a solution from the search giant to address shortfalls in current offerings for employer-sponsored healthcare.
Is the doctor in?
In this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics, that’s not a simple question. Nor does it have a simple answer, as primary care doctors become increasingly scarce.
Many companies view the clinics as a means to deal with crushing health-care costs while making sure employees get adequate care and attention. Others, in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, consider them an essential hiring and retention tool. Some clinics boast that they offer a better experience than traditional doctor visits, because they don’t make patients wait or rush physicians through consultations.
“Will you be my regular doctor?” a new patient seeing me in my primary care clinic asked. “Sort of,” I honestly answered.
Legislators from both parties have said they want to extend the health centers’ budget. But so far, they haven’t. If they don’t do it very soon, health care access will decline for potentially millions of vulnerable Americans.
Mobile clinics are a great way to deliver health care.
There are obvious differences between retail clinics and primary care practices; however, retaining a primary care doctor and frequenting the same retail clinic, when necessary, isn’t an awful practice. Ask your primary care doctor which local clinic they prefer at your next visit.
Our system was predicated on integrated health, including cooking, exercise, nutritional therapy, and mindfulness meditation. Care models in the U.S. still reward treatment, though; not prevention.
The so-called Neighborhood Health Centers will be run and staffed by 10-year-old national medical group Crossover Health, which works with self-insured employers on primary care for their workforce.
The setup suggests that US companies are growing as impatient as their employees with the state of American health care—and that better medical benefits will perhaps be the next great battleground in the war for talent.
Now a rarity, small primary care practices -- even those still thriving today -- risk succumbing to this tide of obsolescence, not unlike local department stores and indoor shopping malls.
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